Professor Celso Grebogi

Professor Celso Grebogi
Professor Celso Grebogi
Professor Celso Grebogi

CEng, MS, PhD, Drhc-mult, FRSE, FTWAS, MAE, FABC, FAPS, FInstP

Sixth Century Chair in Nonlinear & Complex Systems

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+44 (0)1224 272791
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Institute for Complex Systems and Mathematical Biology

King's College, University of Aberdeen

Old Aberdeen AB24 3UE, UK

School of Natural and Computing Sciences


Professor Celso Grebogi is the Sixth Century Chair at King’s College, University of Aberdeen, UK. He is the Founder and Director of the Institute for Complex Systems and Mathematical Biology, whose work in systems biology and complex systems became a leading in UK. He is the Co-founder of the Aberdeen-Lanzhou-Tempe Research Centre, whose work is in the new interdisciplinary field: Relativistic Quantum Chaos. He has been an External Scientific Member (Mitglied) of the Max-Planck-Society since 1998. He got his PhD in Theoretical Physics from the University of Maryland in 1978, Postdoc in Physics and Applied Mathematics at UC Berkeley in 1978-1981. He was previously with the University of Sao Paulo as Professor of Physics, and, before that, with the University of Maryland as Professor of Mathematics. He is a leading expert in chaotic and complex dynamics, including fractal geometry and complex networks. His research involves bridging the gap between abstract concepts from mathematics and applications in the scientific and social disciplines, engineering, and medicine. He has made a huge impact in the area of control of chaos. The paper on this seminal work was selected by Physical Review Letters as a milestone in the past 50 years. He was awarded the Citation Laureate - Researcher of Nobel Class - in 2016, followed by a Motion to that effect supported by the Scottish Parliament. His scientific accomplishments include over 500 publications and over 450 invited talks. He received numerous distinctions, including multiple Doctor Honoris Causa and many Honorary Professorships, the Humboldt Senior Prize, Fulbright Fellowship, and Toshiba Chair as a World-renown Scholar. He is Fellow in various scientific societies, among them the Royal Society of Edinburgh, The World Academy of Sciences, the Academia Europaea, and the Brazilian Academy of Sciences. He has 26,000 citations and h-index = 76 in the Web of Science, and 41,000 citations and h-index = 92 in Google Scholar.


Memberships and Affiliations

Internal Memberships


  • BSc, Chemical Engineering, Federal University of Parana, 1970
  • Adjunct Professor, Pontifical Catholic University, 1971-1974
  • M.S., Physics, University of Maryland 1975
  • Ph.D., Physics, University of Maryland, 1978
  • Post-doctoral Research Fellow, University of California at Berkeley, 1978-1981
  • Research Scientist, University of Maryland, 1981-1990
  • Associate Professor of Mathematics, University of Maryland, 1990-1993
  • Full Professor of Mathematics, University of Maryland, 1993-2001
  • Consultant for the US Navy, 1983-1995
  • Visiting Scientist, University of California at Santa Barbara, 1984
  • Consultant, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, 1984-1985
  • Consultant, Science Applications International, 1986-1988
  • Visiting Scholar, Waseda University, 1996
  • Visiting Professor, University of Potsdam, 1996-1997
  • External Scientific Member (Mitglied), Max-Planck-Society, since 1998
  • Professeur Invite, Universite du Havre, 2001
  • Professor Titular, University of Sao Paulo, 2001-2005
  • Sixth Century Chair in Nonlinear and Complex Systems, University of Aberdeen, since 2005
  • Director of the Nonlinear Dynamics and Complex Systems Group. The Northern Research Partnership of Scottish Universities, 2007-2010
  • Founding Director of the Institute for Complex Systems and Mathematical Biology, since 2009
  • Visiting Professor, Institute of Medical Engineering, Xi'an Jiaotong University, 2010-2013
  • Senior Fellow of the Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies, 2011-2013
  • Co-founder of the Aberdeen-Lanzhou-Tempe Joint Research Centre for Computation and Complexity, 2012
  • Visiting Professor, Xi'an University of Technology, since 2017


External Memberships


  • Fellow of the American Physical Society, 1991
  • Fellow of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences, 2003
  • Fellow of The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS/UNESCO), 2004
  • Fellow of the Institute of Physics (UK), 2011
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, 2012
  • Member of the Academia Europaea, 2019
  • External Scientific Member (Mitglied), Max-Planck-Socieety, 1998
  • Honorary Member of the International Physics and Control Society, 2009
  • Member of over a two dozen Editorial Boards and Associate Editorships over the years
  • Membership in various scientific societies



Prizes and Awards


  • Fulbright Fellowship Award, 1974
  • Distinguished Scientist Lecturer, Carnegie Mellon University, 1989
  • Toshiba Chair as World-renowned Scholar, 1995
  • Awarded the North British Differential Equations Lecture Tour, 1996
  • Senior Humboldt Prize, 1996
  • Distinguished Faculty Research Fellow Award, University of Maryland, 1996
  • Doctor Honoris Causa, University of Potsdam, Germany, 1997
  • Humboldt Prize Revisited Award, 2003
  • Controlling Chaos, Physical Review Letters selected it as a milestone  in the past 50 years, 2008
  • Honorary Professorship, Xi'an University of Technology, China, 2012
  • Honorary Pofessorship, Lanzhou University, China, 2012
  • Doctor Honoris Causa, Le Havre Normandie University, France, 2014
  • Honorary Professorship, Xi'an Jiaotong University, China, 2015
  • Awarded the Citation Laureate = Researcher of Nobel Class, 2016
  • Motion S5M-01678 supported in the Scottish Parliament: "Aberdeen Academic Included in Citation Laureate", 27/09/2016
  • Honorary Professorship, Tianjin University, China, 2018
  • Honorary Expert, Weifang/Weicheng City, Shandong, China, 2018
  • Honorary Professorship, Huaqiao Unviversity, China, 2018
  • Honorary Expert, National Institute of Metrology, Yantai, China, 2019
  • Web of Science: 26,000 citations in indexed journals, h-index = 76
  • Googgle Scholar: 41,000 citations, h-index = 92



Research Overview

Dynamics of nonlinear and complex systems including chaotic dynamics, fractal geometry, systems biology, population dynamics, neurodynamics, fluid advection, relativistic quantum nonlinear dynamics, and nanosystems.