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Stefan Thurner

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Stefan Thurner

Stefan Thurner is full professor for Science of Complex Systems at the Medical University of Vienna, where he chairs Section for Science of Complex Systems. He is external professor at the Santa Fe Institute, senior researcher at IIASA, and president of the Complexity Science Hub Vienna.

He obtained a PhD in theoretical physics from the Technical University of Vienna and a PhD in economics from the University of Vienna. He held postdoc positions at Humboldt University of Berlin and Boston University before joining the faculty of the University of Vienna and later Medical University. His habilitation is in theoretical physics.

He started his career with contributions to theoretical particle physics, but – strongly influenced by visits to the Santa Fe Institute – he began to shift his focus from theoretical physics to biological and complex systems, which are now his main areas of scientific work. For his ongoing efforts and his skills to communicate complexity science to an interested public Stefan was elected Austrian “scientist of the year” in 2018.

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