Dr. Geoffrey West
Author of Scale: The Universal Laws of Growth, Innovation, Sustainability and the Pace of Life in Organisms, Cities, Economies, and Companies
About the Author:
Geoffrey West is Distinguished Professor and former President of the Santa Fe Institute and an Associate Fellow of Oxford University’s Green-Templeton College. He has a BA from Cambridge and PhD from Stanford where he was later on the faculty. West is a theoretical physicist whose primary interests have been in fundamental questions ranging from the elementary particles and their cosmological implications to universal scaling laws in biology and a quantitative science of cities, companies and global sustainability. His research includes metabolism, growth, aging & mortality, sleep, cancer, and ecosystems. His more recent work focuses on developing a quantitative science of cities and companies for understanding their organization, growth and dynamics, including implications for the accelerating pace of life and long-term global sustainability. West has given many academic talks worldwide, as well as many lectures at high profile events including Davos and TED. Among his awards are the Mercer Prize from the Ecological Society of America, the Weldon Prize for Mathematical Biology, the Glenn Award for Aging research and the Szilard Award from the American Physical Society of which he is a Fellow. He has been featured in many publications world-wide including The New York Times, Wall St Journal, Financial Times, Wired, Time, The Economist and Scientific American and participated in television productions including Nova, National Geographic and the BBC. His public service includes serving on the Council of the World Economic Forum. His work was selected as a breakthrough idea by the Harvard Business Review in 2006 and he was on Time magazine's list of "100 Most Influential People in the World" in 2007.
This event is co-sponsored by The Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. Center for Leadership and Ethics of Columbia Business School.