Stuart Kauffman '61

Theoretical Biologist
1997Winter

Stuart A. Kauffman, Dartmouth class of 1961, is a theoretical biologist, medical doctor, and a leader in complexity theory, applied molecular evolution, origins of life, and developmental genetics. After his time at Dartmouth, Kauffman was a Marshall Scholar at the University of Oxford in England and then went to medical school at the University of California, San Francisco, where he sharpened his work in genetics. He went on to hold positions at the University of Chicago, the National Cancer Institute, and the University of Pennsylvania, where he eventually served as Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics. Kauffman then taught at the Santa Fe Institute, the University of Calgary, Finland’s Tampere University of Technology, the University of Vermont, and the University of Oxford. For his work, Kauffman has received a number of awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship, the Borden Prize for Research, the Weiner Gold Medal of the American Cybernetic Society, and a Gold Medal from the Accademia Lincea in Rome. He also is a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and holds an honorary degree from the University of Louvain in Belgium. Kauffman is the author of several scholarly articles and a number of books, including Origins of Order: Self-Organization and Selection in Evolution, At Home in the Universe, Investigations, Reinventing the Sacred: A New View of Science, Reason, and Religion, and Humanity in a Creative Universe.

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