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Brian Arthur

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Brian Arthur

Brian Arthur is economist and complexity thinker. External professor Santa Fe Institute (SFI) and visiting researcher, System Sciences Lab, PARC. Best known for his work on network effects locking markets into the domination of a single player.

He is also one of the pioneers of the science of complexity—the science of how patterns and structures self-organize. He is a member of the Founders Society of SFI and ran its first research program in 1988. He served on SFI’s Science Board for 18 years and its Board of Trustees for 10 years.

Brian Arthur held the Morrison Chair of Economics and Population Studies at Stanford from 1983 to 1996. Has degrees in operations research, economics, mathematics, and electrical engineering. In 2019 the Web of Science Group selected him as a 2019 Citation Laureate.

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