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Arthur Winfree : biography

May 15, 1942 - November 5, 2002

Arthur Taylor Winfree (May 15, 1942 – November 5, 2002) was a theoretical biologist at the University of Arizona. He was born in St. Petersburg, Florida, United States.

Winfree was noted for his work on the mathematical modeling of biological phenomena: from cardiac arrhythmia and circadian rhythms to the self-organization of slime mold colonies and the Belousov–Zhabotinsky reaction. Winfree was a MacArthur Fellow from 1984 to 1989 and shared the 2000 Norbert Wiener Prize in Applied Mathematics with Alexandre Chorin.

He was the father of Erik Winfree, another MacArthur Fellow and currently a professor at the California Institute of Technology, and Rachael Winfree, currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Entomology at Rutgers University.


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Brief curriculum vitae

1965 Bachelor of Engineering Physics, Cornell University

1970 Ph.D., Biology, Princeton University

1969–1972 Assistant Professor, University of Chicago

1972–1979 Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, Purdue University

1979–1986 Professor of Biological Sciences, Purdue University

1986–2002 Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Arizona

1989–2002 Regents Professor, University of Arizona


Year Award
1961 Westinghouse Science Talent Search Finalist
1982 John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship
1984 John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Prize
1989 The Einthoven Award (Netherlands Royal Academy of Science, InterUniversity Cardiology Institute, and Einthoven Foundation)
2000 AMS-SIAM Norbert Wiener Prize in Applied Mathematics (shared with A. Chorin)
2001 Aisenstadt Chair Lecturer (Centre de Recherche Mathématiques, Université de Montréal)
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