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Raymond Goldstein

Raymond Goldstein

Professor Raymond Goldstein FRS


Elected: 2013





Raymond Goldstein studies dynamical problems in biological physics through a combination of theoretical and experimental investigations. In particular, his research examines the collective dynamics of bacteria and algae and he has made fundamental contributions to the study of active matter.

He also investigates the role played by movement driven by flagella — tail-like structures — in the evolutionary shift from single-celled to multicellular organisms, for which he established volvocine green algae as a model organism. Additionally, Raymond has studied the motion of fluids within eukaryotic cells, as well as the growth mechanisms of stalactites, stalagmites and icicles.

Raymond has won numerous awards in recognition of his findings, including a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award. In addition to being a Fellow of the Society, he is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications and the Institute of Physics. He is also the recipient of the 2012 Ig Nobel Prize in Physics for calculating the balance of forces that shape and move the hair in a human ponytail.

Professional positions

Schlumberger Professor of Complex Physical Systems, Department of Applied Mathematics and Theoretical Physics, University of Cambridge
Advising Scientist, Unilever Research & Development Port Sunlight Laboratory, Unilever Plc

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Mathematics
    • Applied mathematics and theoretical physics


biological physics, soft matter , nonlinear dynamics, applied mathematics

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