Is there a Royal Road to Learning?

Doochul Kim
IBS, Korea
17:15~18:15,November 20th, 2015


KIM Doochul, the president of IBS, is a theoretical physicist. He received his B.S. in electronic engineering from Seoul National University in 1970, and Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University in 1974 with a focus in statistical physics.

Prof. Kim’s research interests cover various subjects in statistical physics, including phase transitions and critical phenomena in equilibrium and non-equilibrium systems, mathematical properties of integrable systems, structure and dynamics of complex networks and modelling of vehicular traffic flows.

Prof. Kim served as a professor at the College of Natural Sciences at Seoul National University from 1977 to 2010. From 2010 to June 2013, he was president, as well as a professor, at Korea Institute for Advanced Study (KIAS). Since September 2013, he has been professor emeritus at the College of Natural Sciences at Seoul National University, and a professor at KIAS. He took over the presidency of IBS since September 2014.

Prof. Kim has been fully engaged in the science and technology community at home and abroad as a member of the board of directors for the Korean Physics Society (KPS), the Asia Pacific Center for Theoretical Physics (APCTP), and the Korea Academic Research Council. Furthermore, Prof. Kim served as the sixth chair of the Natural Sciences Division at the Korea Academy of Science and Technology, as well as chair of the Organizing Committee for the 25th IUPAP International Conference on Statistical Physics.

Prof. Kim’s scientific achievements have been recognized through a number of awards, including the Korean Physical Society Best Paper Award (1987), the Korean Physical Society Academic Award (1998), the Seoul National University Education Award (2008), the 58th Seoul City Cultural Award in natural sciences (2009), the 52nd Samil Cultural Award in natural sciences (2011), and the 20th Sudang Prize in basic science (2011).



  • 1977 Ph.D., University of Rochester School of Medicine, Rochester, New York
  • 1972 B.A., Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois


 Research Interests:


-Statistical Physics

  •  Information and statistical mechanics
  •  Statistical mechanics of complex systems including scale free networks.
  •  Dynamics of traffic flow and biological evolution models
  •  Dynamics of fluctuating interfaces and growing surfaces
  •  Statistical mechanics of disordered systems including disordered Bose-Hubbard systems.
  •  Integrable lattice models and Bethe Ansatz solutions
  •  Critical phenomena far from equilibrium
  •  Computational methods in statistical physics