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Queen Mary University of London professor elected Fellow of the American Physical Society

Ginestra Bianconi, Professor of Applied Mathematics at Queen Mary University of London, and Alan Turing Fellow at the Alan Turing Institute has been elected a Fellow of the American Physical Society (APS) for 2023. The American Physical Society was formed to advance the knowledge of physics to benefit humanity. Since 1921, the APS Fellowship signifies peer recognition of exceptional contributions to physics through original research, innovative applications, teaching, and leadership.  

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Prof. Bianconi was honoured for her research in the statistical mechanics of networks. Specifically, “for seminal contributions to the statistical mechanics of simple, multilayer, and higher-order networks, and for revealing the interplay between network structure and dynamics in the Bose-Einstein condensation in complex networks.” She currently uses techniques from topology, geometry, and non-linear dynamics to investigate higher-order networks. 

“I am deeply honoured for this recognition. Networks are a powerful way to mathematically represent complex systems ranging from the brain to the climate. Advances in network theory are fundamental to addressing some of the most significant scientific challenges that humanity is currently facing from predicting climate change to modelling brain dynamics,” says Prof. Bianconi. 

According to the APS, each year no more than one-half of 1 percent of the APS membership, excluding student members, are recognized by their peers for election to the status of fellow. Prof. Bianconi's election as a Fellow of the APS is a testament to her outstanding achievements in theoretical physics. Her work has had a major impact on our understanding of networks, and her contributions continue to inspire new research in this rapidly growing field. 

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