Dr. Leonid Bunimovich

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    Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

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    Featured Author: Leonid Bunimovich

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    Leonid Bunimovich (b. in Moscow, August 1, 1947) received a Ph.D. in Probability Theory and Mathematical Statistics in 1973 from Moscow State University and in 1986 obtained a Doctor of Sciences in Theoretical and Mathematical Physics at the Institute for Theoretical Physics of the Academy of Sciences of the USSR (Kiev). He remained there as a Lead Scientist until 1992, leaving after being made a Professor of Mathematics at Georgia Institute of Technology in 1991.

    Dr. Bunimovich specializes in dynamical systems and is known for his discovery of focusing chaotic billiards (the "Bunimovich stadium") and for the Bunimovich mushroom, a billiard with mixed regular and chaotic dynamics. His work has been recognized internationally through numerous awards. In 1998 he was promoted at Georgia Tech to the position of Regents’ Professor and given the Exemplary Senior Faculty Award, in 2000 receiving the Outstanding Faculty Research Author Award. He was made a Fellow of the Institute of Physics in 2004, and was named a Chartered Physicist and Fellow of the UK Institute of Physics in 1999. He is also a Recipient of Humboldt Prize in 2003.

    Throughout his career Dr. Bunimovich has authored many scientific papers and books in fields ranging from pure to applied dynamical systems: Ergodic Theory, Statistical Mechanics, Space-Time Chaos, Intermittency and Coherent Structures in Extended Systems, Geophysical Hydrodynamics, Mathematical Biology, Quantum Chaos, Waves in Nonhomogeneous Media, Lattice Gases, Cellular automata, Percolation, Limit Theorems for Chaotic Dynamical Systems, Bioinformatics, Operations Research, Logistics, Neuroscience. For more information, visit http://www.math.gatech.edu/~bunimovh/.

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    Dynamical billiards. Scholarpedia, 2(8):1813 (2007).

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