Duncan Watts

Duncan Watts

Stevens University Professor and Professor
Computer and Information Science (CIS)


Honors and Awards:  2018 - Elected as inaugural Fellow of the Network Science Society, 2018 - “Random graphs with arbitrary degree distributions and their applications” listed as one of 50 significant papers in the 125-year history of Physical Review, 2015 - “Random graphs with arbitrary degree distributions and their applications” named “milestone paper” by Physical Review, 2014 - Everett Rogers Award, 2013 - Lagrange-CRT Foundation Prize, 2013 - AD White Professor at Large - Cornell University, 2009 - German Physical Society Young Scientist Award for Socio- and Econophysics, 2001 - NSF Career Award

Research Expertise: Computational Social Science | Network Science

Duncan Watts is the Stevens University Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, where he is also professor of Computer and Information Science (SEAS), Communications (Annenberg), and Operations, Information, and Decisions (Wharton). Watts’s research on social networks and collective dynamics has appeared in a wide range of journals, including Nature, Science, Physical Review, and the American Journal of Sociology. He is also the author of three books: Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age (W.W. Norton, 2003), Small Worlds: The Dynamics of Networks between Order and Randomness (Princeton University Press, 1999), and most recently, Everything Is Obvious: Once You Know The Answer (Crown Business, 2011). He holds a BSc in physics from the Australian Defence Force Academy, from which he also received his officer’s commission in the Royal Australian Navy, and a PhD in theoretical and applied mechanics from Cornell University.

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