The National Academy of Sciences has announced the election of 146 new members in recognition of their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research. Among those honored are 12 Simons-supported scientists, including Andrew Millis, co-director of the Flatiron Institute’s Center for Computational Quantum Physics (CCQ). The academy, established in 1863 by an act of Congress, provides independent, objective advice to the United States on matters related to science and technology.
Millis is known for his groundbreaking contributions to condensed matter physics, especially the theory of strongly correlated electron systems. This work has advanced the understanding of quantum materials and furthered the quest for long-sought innovations such as high-temperature superconductors.
Millis received his A.B. in physics from Harvard University in 1982 and his Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1986. He then worked for 10 years as a scientist at Bell Laboratories in New Jersey. In 2001, following professorships at Johns Hopkins University and Rutgers University, he took on his current position as professor of physics at Columbia University, where he served as department chair from 2006 to 2009.
At the Simons Foundation, Millis leads the Simons Collaboration on the Many Electron Problem, and he previously served as associate director for physics. He was named co-director of the CCQ in 2017. In July 2017, he received the Hamburg Prize for Theoretical Physics for his contributions to the field of condensed matter physics.
Alongside Millis, 11 other Simons-supported researchers are among the newest members elected to the National Academy of Sciences.
Northwestern University. 2015 Simons Fellow in Mathematics.
The University of Texas at Austin. 2012 Simons Fellow in Theoretical Physics.
Harvard University. 2015 Simons Fellow in Mathematics.
University of California, San Diego. Investigator, Simons Collaboration on Principles of Microbial Ecosystems.
Institute for Advanced Study. 2018 Simons Fellow in Mathematics.
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey. 2012 Simons Fellow in Theoretical Physics.
University of California, Berkeley. 2012 Simons Investigator in Physics.
University of California, San Francisco. Principal Investigator and Scientific Review Board Member, Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative.
Princeton University. Founding Member of the Simons Observatory.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Investigator, Simons Collaboration on the Origins of Life.
California Institute of Technology. Investigator, Simons Collaboration on the Global Brain.