John A. Hertz       Curriculum Vitae






Blegdamsvej 17

2100 Copenhagen {\O}, Denmark

telephone: [+45] 3532 5236 (direct); [+45] 3532 5227 (institute)

fax: [+45] 35 38 91 57



Personal data:        


Born 10 January 1945; Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, USA

married, two children

United States citizen





B.A. with honors (Physics), Harvard College, 1966

M.S. (Physics), University of Pennsylvania, 1967

Ph.D. (Physics), University of Pennsylvania, 1970





Sigma Xi (university of Pennsylvania chapter) research prize, 1971

Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellow, 1974--78




Academic fellowships and positions


Physics Department, University of Pennsylvania:

Research Fellow (graduate student), 1967--70;

Research Associate (postdoctoral), 1971

Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge:

Research Assistant (postdoctoral), 1971-73

The James Franck Institute and Department of Physics, University of Chicago:

Assistant Professor, 1973--79;

Associate Professor, 1980--81

NORDITA, Copenhagen:

Visiting Professor, 1980-81;

Professor, 1981-- (present position)



Longer visiting positions:


Xerox Palo Alto Research Center:

Visiting Scientist, 1979

Institute for Theoretical Physics, University of California, Santa Barbara:

Visiting Scientist, 1983, 2001

Duke University:

Visiting Professor, 1988

Laboratory of Neuropsychology, National Institute of Mental Health:

Visiting Scientist (`Special Expert'), 1992-93





Research areas:


Cortical processing: dynamics of neural processing and learning

Characterization and easurement of neural information transmission


Statistical mechanics and dynamics of glassy systems:

applications to protein folding and dynamics


Functional genomics: dynamics of gene networks





author or coauthor of 129 scientific papers in statistical and condensed matter physics and computational biology


coauthor (with K H Fischer) of book Spin Glasses, (Cambridge University Press, 1991);

coauthor (with A Krogh and R G Palmer) of book Introduction to the Theory of Neural Computation, (Addison-Wesley, 1991)