Andrew J. Millis

Columbia University

Primary Section: 33, Applied Physical Sciences
Secondary Section: 13, Physics
Membership Type: Member (elected 2020)


Andrew Millis is a theoretical physicist recognized for his work on interacting electron phenomena in solids. Among the area to which he has contributed are the theory of high transition temperature  superconductivity and other phenomena in copper-oxide superconductors, of  colossal magnetoresistance in perovskite manganites, of quantum critical phenomena in metals and in nonequilibrium systems, of metal-insulator transitions and of continuous time quantum Monte Carlo methods and is the recipient of the 2018 Hamburg Prize in Theoretical Physics He was born in New York City and grew up on Long Island and received degrees from Harvard University (AB in Physics) and MIT (Ph.D.) He served as Associate Director for Physics at the Simons Foundation where he helped establish and administer their Math and Physical Sciences grants program. He service on advisory boards of the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, the Aspen Center for Physics, the Cavendish Laboratory (Cambridge) and the ESPCI. He currently serves as co-Director of the Center for Computational Quantum Physics at the Simons Foundation’s Flatiron Instatute and is a Director of the Max Planck New York City Center for Nonequilibrium Quantum Phenomena.

Research Interests

Andrew Millis is a theoretical physicist with broad interests in the areas of quantum condensed matter physics and materials science, including the development of new theoretical and computational methods and the application of these methods to systems of current interest both in and out of equilibrium.  Areas of current focus include electronically mediated superconductivity in cuprates, nickelates and pnictides,  metal-insulator transition in quantum materials, and nonequilibrium physics of correlated systems with particular focus on new phases that may occur in systems out of equilibrium. He also has an interest in science philanthropy and  the broader issues of science funding from public and private sources.

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