Irving R. Epstein

Irv Epstein

Irving R. Epstein is Henry F. Fischbach Professor of Chemistry and a member of the Volen Center for Complex Systems at Brandeis University. He has served as dean of arts and sciences (1992-1994), as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs (1994-2001), and interim vice provost for research (2014-2015). He became interim provost on July 1, 2015. 

He earned his BA (1966), MA (1968) and PhD (1971) at Harvard University, where he completed doctoral work in chemical physics under the direction of Nobel laureate William N. Lipscomb. He earned a diploma in advanced mathematics as a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University in 1967 and was a NATO postdoctoral fellow at Cambridge University in 1971. 

Epstein has been awarded Guggenheim and Humboldt fellowships and was a Dreyfus Foundation Teacher-Scholar. In 2006, he was named a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Professor. He is the founder of STEM Posse, a program to identify, recruit and retain talented students from disadvantaged backgrounds in the sciences. 

Epstein chaired the first Gordon Research Conference on Chemical Oscillations and Dynamic Instabilities, and serves on the editorial board of Chaos and the Journal of Systems Chemistry; and on the board of directors of New England Complex Systems Institute and Mathematical Biosciences Institute. He is a Fellow of the Massachusetts Academy of Sciences. His current research interests are in nonlinear chemical dynamics, particularly pattern formation, oscillating reactions, chaos and the behavior of complex networks.