Lectures and seminars What is life lecture: The Complexity of Life
Speaker: Mogens Høgh Jensen, Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen
Host: Ingemar Ernberg
Mogens Høgh Jensen is a Danish physicist who has made contributions to the fields of complex dynamics and fractals. He currently holds a professorship at the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen and is the former President and Secretary General of the Royal Danish Academy of Science and Letters. He now mainly works on problems in biological physics, in particular protein oscillations inside cells.
During his PhD he worked on studies of chaos and fractal dimensions and with Per Bak and Tomas Bohr he discovered universal scaling structure of mode locking between two frequencies at the onset of chaos.
He continued his academic career as a postdoc at the James Franck Institute in Chicago, with Leo Kadanoff as his supervisor. Here he played a key part in the development of multi fractals. He later worked on fully developed turbulence and together with Giovanni Paladin and Angelo Vulpiani he pioneered the study of intermittency correction in term of shell models. He was the head of ‘Center for Chaos and Turbulence Studies: CATS’ before he in 2004 he became the director of ‘BioNET: Danish Center for Biophysics’..
He has received several prizes most notably the Norwegian physics prize ‘Gunnar Randers’ handed over in 2011 by King Harald V of Norway.
He has been visiting professor at the Universities in Chicago, Rome, Fukuoka and Harvard.
Mogens Høgh Jensen has been at a member of the Royal Danish Academy of Science and Letters since 2000, its secretary general in the period 2012-2016 and the president since 2016. He was knighted by Queen Margrethe II in 2017