Richard Taylor is a Professor of Physics, Psychology and Art, and the director of the Materials Science Institute and the Fractals Research Laboratory at the University of Oregon. He has worked in the USA, UK, Canada, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, and has published more than 250 papers, including 8 papers in Nature and 3 in Science. (Links to selected publications) In addition to his career in science, Taylor is a trained painter and photographer. He adopts an interdisciplinary approach to studying natural patterns called fractals, exploring them across physics, psychology, physiology, geography, architecture and art.
Taylor uses his interests in fractals to encourage collaborations between the arts and sciences and to promote public awareness of science. His work has been featured in TV documentaries, includingThe Art of Science (ABC, 1998), Hunting the Hidden Dimension (PBS, 2008) and The Code (BBC, 2011) and has been the subject of popular press articles (e.g. in The New York Times and The London Times), magazine articles (e.g. in Scientific American, Time, The New Yorker, New Scientist and Discover) and ten popular science books. He also regularly lectures around the world, commissioned by organizations as diverse as the Nobel Foundation, the Royal Society and national art galleries such as the Pompidou Centre and the Guggenheim Museum.
He has been honored with the following teaching awards: “Outstanding Teacher in Higher Education Award” by the Oregon Academy of Sciences, a Williams Fellowship for Innovative Teaching, the Thomas Herman Distinguished Teaching Award, and a Cottrell Scholarship for Outstanding Teacher-Scholars I have authored (e.g. “Light, Color and Vision”) and edited (e.g. “Physics – Principles and Application”) undergraduate textbooks and received a number of educational grants.
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