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Harvey A. Gould
Clark University

Research Professor of Physics

Harvey Gould uses molecular dynamics and Monte Carlo methods to study nucleation and the dynamics of first-order phase transitions, and other problems in statistical mechanics including earthquake fault systems. Much of his work is in collaboration with Bill Klein of Boston University and Jan Tobochnik of Kalamazoo College and others. A variety of research projects are available for interested students, depending on their interests.

Gould is co-author with Jan Tobochnik of the undergraduate textbook, Statistical and Thermal Physics, published by Princeton University Press in July 2010. Gould is also coauthor of three editions of the undergraduate text, Introduction to Computer Simulations Methods in Physics, with Jan Tobochnik and Wolfgang Christian.

Gould was Associate Editor of the American Journal of Physics for over ten years and co-edited the Computer Simulation column in Computers in Physics and Computing in Science and Engineering for over ten years.

Jan Tobochnik and Harvey Gould are currently editing the Computational Physics Section of the American Journal of Physics. Gould received the Robert A. Millikan Medal at the summer 2013 meeting of the American Association of Physics teachers (press release).

Gould is a native of California and received his B.A. and his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. He did postdoctoral work at the National Bureau of Standards (now NIST) and taught at the University of Michigan before coming to Clark in 1971. His leisure time is spent with his family and listening and playing music, especially jazz.