James A. Yorke and Edward Ott Named 2016 Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates
Two professors and an alumnus from the University of Maryland have been selected as 2016 Thomson Reuters Citation Laureates in physics. The Citation Laureates program uses a variety of criteria, including scientific research citations, to identify the most influential researchers who are likely to win the Nobel Prize.
The Citation Laureate trio includes Distinguished University Professor Edward Ott (ECE/Physics/IREAP); Celso Grebogi, UMD alumnus and the Sixth Century Chair in Nonlinear and Complex Systems at the University of Aberdeen in Scotland; and Distinguished University Professor Emeritus James A. Yorke (Math/Physics/IPST).
The scientists received the honor for their description of a control theory of chaotic systems that came to be known as the “OGY method,” after the order their last names appeared in their paper describing the method. That paper, which has been cited 4,087 times according to the Web of ScienceTM, was published in the journal Physical Review Letters in 1990.