For his many original and outstanding contributions to path integrals, (non)equilibrium quantum dynamics, statistical physics and nonlinear dynamics
Prof. Dr. Lawrence S. Schulman
has been awarded the Martin-Gutzwiller-Fellowship 2005/2006
of the Max Planck Institute for the Physics of Complex Systems.
"Path Integrals" is the theme which many physicists associate with the name of Lawrence S. Schulman, and yet it is only one of the entrees in his astonishingly broad and impressive list of research activities. Other topics could and should equally be named, like the arrow of time, quantum measurements, the physics of galaxies, approximate topologies, quantum stochastics, roughening at solid-superfluid interfaces, phase transitions, the natural selection of L-enantiomers, and many others.
There is no doubt that this list will continue to grow with Larry Schulman developing interests in new topics which include nonlinear excitations in quantum solids and entanglement of bound states. So perhaps the best definition of Schulman's achievements is not limited to a particular field in physics, but his broadness in topics, his depth of thinking and his originality and intellectual sophistication in asking scientific questions.
Larry Schulman obtained his PhD from Princeton University in 1967 where he worked with Arthur Wightman. His career moved him to Indiana University, the Technion in Haifa and finally to Clarkson University in Potsdam (USA), where he also became engaged in leading a vital Physics Department. He is the author of two monographs - on Path Integrals and on Time's Arrows and Quantum Measurement. While the first of these has become a standard text book and a must have for students and experienced researchers going into the field of Feynman path integrals, the second has become very topical recently due to the general interest in quantum computation.
Larry Schulman has devoted a substantial part of his research to many puzzling issues in the field of statistical physics, and again amongst his many well-cited publications in this area we find equally ranked works on the Theory of Dwarf Galaxies and on Path Integrals for Spins. Last not least Larry also holds a US patent on a Security System for a Solid State Device. This sheds yet another light on his personality which makes it an enjoyable, entertaining and informative experience to talk to Larry about practically any issue, of course not defined to science alone.
Prof. Schulman's talk on June 12, 2006
"Imaging dynamics: Phase transition, clusters, and geometry from spectral analysis"