Ilya Prigogine

(1917 January 25 - 2003 May 28)


Professional Experience:

1950 Professorship, Université Libre de Bruxelles
1959 Professor at the University of Texas at Austin


1959 Director of the International Solvay Institute
1961-1966 Affiliation with Enrico Fermi at the University of Chicago
1967 Center for Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics

Honors and Awards:

1977 Nobel Prize


In Memoriam by Balescu, R. (2004). Ilya prigogine (1917-2003). Nature, 424(6944):30

In Memoriam by Nicolis, G. (2003). Ilya Prigogine (1917-2003): Structure formation far from equilibrium. Angew. Chem. Int. Ed., 42(29):2324-2325

In Memoriam by Petrosky, T. (2003). Obituaries: Ilya Prigogine. SIAM News, 36(7):0

In Memoriam by Rice, S. A. (2004). Ilya Prigogine. Physics Today, 54(4):102-104


Ilya Prigogine on Wikipedia.


Ilya Prigogine was born in Russia, 1917. Fleeing the effects of the Russian Revolution, his family moved to Germany, then Belgium, the country Prigogine would come to call his own.He studied chemistry and physics at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, graduating in 1939 with a Ph.D. He studied the fields of nonlinear dynamics and physics on the microscopic level. His work on "dissipative structure" earned him the 1977 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. After this award, he continued to be active in scientific fields.