| Prof. Jay Robert Dorfman was born in 1937 in
Pittsburgh, PA, and educated through high school in the public
schools of Baltimore, MD,
graduating from Baltimore City College (a high school) in 1954. He attended the Johns
Hopkins University, receiving a B.A. degree in chemistry in 1957, and a Ph.D. degree in
physics in 1961. Prof. Dorfman then spent three years as a post-doctoral fellow at the
Rockefeller University working with the late Prof. Theodore Berlin and with Prof. E. G. D.
Cohen. In 1964, Prof Dorfman came to the University of Maryland as an Assistant Professor
in the Institute for Fluid Dynamics and Applied Mathematics (now the Institute for
Physical Science and Technology) and the Department of Physics and Astronomy. He was
promoted to the rank of Professor in 1972. During the years 1983-1992 Prof.
Dorfman served as Director of the Institute for Physical Science and Technology, the Dean
of the College of Computer Mathematical and Physical Sciences, and the Vice President for
Academic Affairs and Provost of the University of Maryland at College Park.
Currently he is engaged in research on the relation between dynamical systems theory and nonequilibrium statistical mechanics, working in mathematical statistical mechanics, his particular branch of theoretical physics. In addition he is engaged in teaching physics at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. He is a Fellow of the American Physical Society, and a member of the American Mathematical Society, and the College Art Association. Dorfman is the author of two textbooks, A COURSE IN STATISTICAL THERMODYNAMICS, with the late Prof. Joseph Kestin, (Academic Press, New York, 1970), and AN INTRODUCTION TO CHAOS IN NONEQUILIBRIUM STATISTICAL MECHANICS, (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 1999), as well as a number of scientific papers. His outside interests include the study of the history of 17th Century Dutch art, and the study of the Talmud.
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