William Bialek


Born 14 August, 1960 in Los Angeles, California.





1977–83: University of California at Berkeley.  AB (1979) and PhD (1983) in Biophysics.



Professional experience


since 2001: Princeton University.  Professor of Physics

                     John Archibald Wheeler/Battelle Professor in Physics (since 2003)

                     Member, Lewis-Sigler Institute for Integrative Genomics (Associate Director 2008-11)

                     Associated faculty, Program in Applied and Computational Mathematics

                     Member, Programs in Neuroscience and in Biophysics (director since 2006)

                     Fellow, Princeton Center for Theoretical Science (2005-10)

1990-2001: NEC Research Institute. Fellow (1999-2001),  Senior Research Scientist (1990-99).

1986-91: University of California at Berkeley.  Assistant Professor of Physics and Biophysics.

1984-86: Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California at Santa Barbara.  Postdoctoral Fellow.

1983-84:  Faculty of Physics, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, the Netherlands.  Postdoctoral Fellow.


Honors and awards


2012: Member, National Academy of Sciences (USA)

2011:  Phi Beta Kappa Award for excellence in undergraduate teaching

2010: Thomas D Jones Professorship in Mathematical Physics, Princeton University

2006: President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, Princeton University

1996: Fellow of the American Physical Society

1987–91: Presidential Young Investigator, National Science Foundation

1986–87: Miller Research Fellow & Regents’ Junior Faculty Fellow

1983–84: National Science Foundation NATO Postdoctoral Fellow

1980–83: National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellow

1978–80: A. B. with highest honors and distinction in general scholarship,

President’s Undergraduate Fellow, Phi Beta Kappa and ARCS Foundation Fellow


Named lectures


2012: Della Pietra Lecturer, Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, Stony Brook University

Hans Lukas Teuber Lecture in Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT

2011: George Whitfield Lecture in Physics, Pennsylvania State University

2010: Giorgio Careri Memorial Lecture, Dipartmento di Fisica, Sapienza Universita di Roma

2009: Colloquium Pierre et Marie Curie, Universite de Paris VI

2008: JD Crawford Lectures in Physics, University of Pittsburgh

2007: Hendrik de Waard Lecture in Physics, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen

Benjamin and Anne Pinkel Lecture in Cognitive Science, University of Pennsylvania

WA Crump ’44 Lecture in Physics, St Andrew’s School

2006: Niels Bohr Lecture, Copenhagen University

2001: Dexter Lecturer in Physics, Rochester University

1998: Porter Lecturer in Physics, Vanderbilt University

1997: David H. Harris ‘22 Visiting Lecturer in Physics, MIT


Concurrent appointments


since 2009:  The Graduate Center, City University of New York.  Visiting Presidential Professor of Physics.

since 2006: Crick-Jacobs Center for Theoretical and Computational Biology, Salk Institute. Fellow.

2008, 2010, and 2012:  Sapienza, Universita di Roma.  Visiting Professor of Physics

2007–09: Rockefeller University.  Visiting Professor, Center for Studies in Physics and Biology.

2005-07: Center for Theoretical Neuroscience, Columbia University.  Consultant.

1994-2004: University of California at San Francisco. Visiting Faculty, Sloan–Swartz Center for Theoretical Neurobiology. Visiting Professor, Department of Physiology (2000–02).

1991-2012: Marine Biological Laboratory. Lecturer and codirector (1998–2002) Summer Course on Computational Neuroscience; lecturer, summer course on Physiology (2007).

1991–2001: Princeton University, Department of Physics. Visiting Lecturer (1991, ‘93 & ‘98) with Rank of Professor (2000–01).

1990: Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Materials and Chemical Sciences Division. Faculty Scientist.