World-​​renownedPhysicist Receives Pres­ti­gious Honor for Exem­plary Con­tri­bu­tions to Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary Science

Boston, Mass. – North­eastern Uni­ver­sity physi­cist Albert-​​László Barabási has been elected into the Acad­emia Europaea by mem­bers of the pres­ti­gious orga­ni­za­tion. Barabási is now a For­eign Member of the Acad­emia, as he does not reside in Europe, and is one of four elected mem­bers in the Physics cat­e­gory in 2007.

I am hon­ored to be rec­og­nized among Europe’s leading scholars,” said Barabási, Dis­tin­guished Pro­fessor of Physics at North­eastern Uni­ver­sity. “It is espe­cially unique for me, as a U.S.-based sci­en­tist to have my work and sci­en­tific con­tri­bu­tions acknowl­edged by such a pres­ti­gious com­mu­nity of another continent.”

Mem­ber­ship into the Acad­emia is by invi­ta­tion only, fol­lowing a peer review selec­tion process. The pri­mary cri­te­rion for mem­ber­ship is sus­tained aca­d­emic excel­lence in the candidate’s field. Barabási is a pio­neer in net­working as a uni­fied sci­en­tific theory and has exam­ined net­work pat­terns in all aspects of life, from the world­wide spread of AIDS to social rela­tion­ships, obe­sity, the World Wide Web and cel­lular sys­tems. His work has been pub­lished reg­u­larly in highly pres­ti­gious sci­en­tific jour­nals and he is the author of “Linked: The New Sci­ence of Networks.”

For­eign Mem­bers of the Acad­emia have pre­sented clear evi­dence of a strong and sus­tained col­lab­o­ra­tion and working links with Euro­pean insti­tu­tions and cen­ters of schol­ar­ship, as well as honors by Euro­pean insti­tu­tions and periods of res­i­dence at Euro­pean centers.Barabási, a Hun­garian national is also an External Member of the Hun­garian Academy of Sciences.

The Acad­emia Europaea is a non-​​governmental asso­ci­a­tion ded­i­cated to edu­ca­tion and research that serves as a “Euro­pean Academy of Sci­ences.” Founded in 1988, the organization’s more than 2,000 mem­bers include sci­en­tists and scholars from 35 Euro­pean and eight non-​​European nations. Mem­bers include experts from the phys­ical sci­ences and tech­nology, bio­log­ical sci­ences and med­i­cine, math­e­matics, the let­ters and human­i­ties, social and cog­ni­tive sci­ences, eco­nomics and law.

Barabási holds degrees from the Uni­ver­sity of Bucharest, Romania in Physics and Engi­neering, and the Eötvös Lóránd Uni­ver­sity in Budapest, Hun­gary in Physics. He received his Ph.D. from Boston Uni­ver­sity in Physics.

For more infor­ma­tion on Dr. Barabási’s research, please con­tact Renáta Nyúl at 617–373-7424 or at r.​nyul@​neu.​edu.

About North­eastern

Founded in 1898, North­eastern Uni­ver­sity is a pri­vate research uni­ver­sity located in the heart of Boston. North­eastern is a leader in inter­dis­ci­pli­nary research, urban engage­ment, and the inte­gra­tion of class­room learning with real-​​world expe­ri­ence. The university’s dis­tinc­tive coop­er­a­tive edu­ca­tion pro­gram, where stu­dents alter­nate semes­ters of full-​​time study with semes­ters of paid work in fields rel­e­vant to their pro­fes­sional inter­ests and major, is one of the largest and most inno­v­a­tive in the world. The Uni­ver­sity offers a com­pre­hen­sive range of under­grad­uate and grad­uate pro­grams leading to degrees through the doc­torate in six under­grad­uate col­leges, eight grad­uate schools, and two part-​​time divi­sions. For more infor­ma­tion, please visit www​.north​eastern​.edu.