D. Eric Smith


SFI, Earth-Life Science Institute, Ronin Institute

Eric Smith received a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Physics from the California Institute of Technolgoy in 1987 and a Ph.D. in Physics from the University of Texas at Austin. His dissertation was about the problems in string theory and high-temperature superconductivity. From 1993 to 2000 he worked in physical, nonlinear and statistical acoustics at the Applied Research Labs University of Texas at Austin and at the Los Alamos National Laboratory. Today Eric Smith is External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute and since March 2021 External Faculty at the Hub.

Smith’s research interests spans various areas, most specifically the origin of life as a bridge from geochemistry to the biosphere, statistical mechanics and nonequilibrium thermodynamics, the study of language dynamics crossing over into semantics and linguistic typology, statistically defined equilibrium concepts and questions of how scale and structure interact.