NOWAK is Professor of Biology and Mathematics at Harvard University.
He is Director of the newly founded Center for Evolutionary Dynamics,
for which Harvard obtained a donation of $30 million. Nowak studied
biochemistry and mathematics at the University of Vienna where
he received his Ph-D in 1989. Afterwards, he went to Oxford to
work with Robert May. Nowak became Professor of Mathematical
Biology at the University of Oxford at the age of 32. In 1998
he moved to Princeton to establish the first research program
in Theoretical Biology at the Institute for Advanced Study. In
July 2003, Nowak was recruited by Harvard University. Nowak is
a member of the Austrian Academy of Sciences. He has won several
prizes including the Weldon Memorial Prize.
has made important discoveries in a number of fields related
to evolutionary biology. He has studied evolutionary dynamics
of virus infections and cancer progression. He has pioneered
the mathematical approach for the evolution of human language.
Nowak invented spatial reciprocity and stochastic game dynamics
of finite populations. Nowak and Sigmund have cooperated for
many years. Their work led to concepts like Generous Tit-for-tat,
Win-stay, lose-shift and indirect reciprocity. They are co-authors
of numerous papers in Nature, Science and Scientific
has published more than 200 papers. His first book, Virus
Dynamics (together with Robert May) is a technical monograph
describing the mathematical analysis of virus infection and immunology.
are devoted to researching every possible application
of Mathematics and Computer Science to Biology. At the
center of a quantitative approach to biology is evolutionary
theory as pioneered by Charles Darwin. Concepts of evolutionary
biology can be formulated in terms of mathematical equations
describing mutation and selection of replicating individuals.
We have active research projects on the evolutionary
dynamics of infectious agents, cancer cells, altruistic
behavior, and human language.
Program for Evolutionary Dynamics was established in
2003 by Harvard University President Lawrence H. Summers
following an imaginative proposal by Jeffrey Epstein
and Benedict Gross. The center operates under the auspices
of William Kirby, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
Martin Nowak, Professor of Mathematics and Biology, is
the Faculty Director.