Geoffrey Brian West (born 1940 in Taunton, Somerset) is a British theoretical physicist, former president and distinguished professor of the Santa Fe Institute. He is one of the leading scientists working on a scientific model of cities. Among other things his work states that with the doubling of a city's size, services per capita will generally increase by 15%.
Early life and education 
Geoffrey West was born in 1940 in Taunton, Somerset, a rural town in western England and moved to London when he was 13. He received a bachelor's degree in physics from Cambridge and pursued graduate studies at Stanford, California.
He eventually became a Stanford faculty member before he joined the particle theory group at New Mexico's Los Alamos National Laboratory. After Los Alamos, he became president of the Santa Fe Institute, where he worked and works on biological issues such as the allometric law and other power laws in biology.
He has since been honored as one of Time magazine's Time 100. He is a member of the World Knowledge Dialogue Scientific Board.
See also 
- ^ Bettencourt, L. M. A.; Lobo, J.; Helbing, D.; Kuhnert, C.; West, G. B. (2007). "Growth, innovation, scaling, and the pace of life in cities". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 104 (17): 7301–7306. doi:10.1073/pnas.0610172104. PMC 1852329. PMID 17438298.
- ^ "Geoffrey West". Physics Central. Retrieved 2006-05-02.
- ^ West, G. B.; Brown, J. H.; Enquist, B. J. (1997). "A General Model for the Origin of Allometric Scaling Laws in Biology". Science 276 (5309): 122–126. doi:10.1126/science.276.5309.122. PMID 9082983.
- ^ West, G. B.; Brown, J. H.; Enquist, B. J. (2001). "A general model for ontogenetic growth". Nature 413 (6856): 628–631. doi:10.1038/35098076. PMID 11675785.
- ^ Gillooly, J. F.; Brown, J. H.; West, G. B.; Savage, V. M.; Charnov, E. L. (2001). "Effects of Size and Temperature on Metabolic Rate". Science 293 (5538): 2248–2251. doi:10.1126/science.1061967. PMID 11567137.
- ^ Time Magazine's article about West
- ^ World Knowledge Dialogue
External links 
Geoffrey West: The surprising math of cities and corporations
http://www.ted.com Physicist Geoffrey West has found that simple, mathematical laws govern the properties of cities -- that wealth, crime rate, walking speed...
Geoffrey West on COMPLEXITY
http://fqxi.org Geoffrey West at the FQXi SETTING TIME ARIGHT conference, an interdisciplinary meeting investigating the nature of time.
Scaling Laws In Biology And Other Complex Systems
Google Tech talks August 1, 2007 ABSTRACT Life is very likely the most complex phenomenon in the Universe manifesting an extraordinary diversity of form and ...
Geoffrey West, professor at the Santa Fe Institute, looks at the cities of tomorrow. He was interviewed by Kenneth Cukier, data editor at The Economist, at T...
Geoffrey West: Government Needs More Scientists, Fewer Economists
Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2011/07/25/Why_Cities_Grow_Corporations_Die_and_Life_Gets_Faster Theoretical physicist Geoffrey B. West offers his view on ...
Geoffrey West interview, Thinking Cities, Networked Society - Ericsson
http://ericsson.com/networkedsociety The documentary 'Thinking Cities' deals with one of the most dramatic societal trends happening today: urbanization. The...
Is Society on the Verge of Collapse?
Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2011/07/25/Why_Cities_Grow_Corporations_Die_and_Life_Gets_Faster Theoretical physicist Geoffrey B. West discusses the impli...
Biology meets physics; reminiscences and appreciation of a beautiful relationship (Geoffrey West)
Life from Cells to Cities: Are They Sustainable? by Geoffrey West
School of Visual Arts and sustainability@BUpresent a cross-disciplinary and collaborativeproject that examines current environmentalissues and the potential ...
Geoffrey West Explains Universal Scaling
Professor Geoffrey West explains how universal scaling laws found in biology can be applied to cities in this clip from the Frederick S. Pardee Center Distin...
Mon, 13 May 2013 11:15:47 -0700
Cities are like an organism yes, but only to some extent, think Geoffrey West and Luis Bettencourt, professors of the Sante Fe Institute, New Mexico. For West and Bettencourt, a city is something more than its restaurants and museums and weather. They ...
Mon, 13 May 2013 03:22:31 -0700
The theoretical physicist Geoffrey West has found that if a place's size doubles, all measures of its productivity--per-capita income, the number of patents per person--increase by 15%. A denser city means more people talking to one another on the ...
Washington Post (blog)
Thu, 09 May 2013 08:19:28 -0700
4) To understand and meaningfully leverage big data, writes Geoffrey West for Scientific American, “we need to develop a deeper understanding of complexity itself.” The emergence of larger computational systems, continues West, reveals how little we ...
Sat, 20 Apr 2013 01:17:57 -0700
The Las Vegas office of Cushman & Wakefield | Commerce has promoted Geoffrey West to senior director of investments apartments. West has more than 17 years of experience in the Las Vegas market. In the past year, he and his team closed nine ...
Tue, 30 Apr 2013 22:40:35 -0700
One of the leaders was Geoffrey West, who sports a neatly trimmed gray beard and retains a trace of the accent of his native Somerset. He was also a theoretical physicist, but had strayed into biology, exploring how the properties of organisms relate ...
Mon, 29 Apr 2013 11:00:53 -0700
... Commons chief executive Joi Ito, Skoll Awardee Afghan Institute of Learning Founder Sakena Yacoobi, collective intelligence strategist Shaifali Puri, neuroscientist Sarah Caddick, theoretical physicist Geoffrey West, and science prodigy Tanishq ...
The Atlantic Cities
The Atlantic Cities
Mon, 06 May 2013 07:14:05 -0700
In addition to the work of Solly Angel, who in Planet of Cities calls for minimal preparations for massive urban expansion, Clos cites the Stanford Physicist Geoffrey West and his calculation that cities keep getting better, in terms of economic ...
Mon, 29 Apr 2013 02:56:14 -0700
It's also available in iTunes. Deep thoughts on civilisation: If you submit to theoretical physicist Geoffrey West's urban development theories, then you're probably aware of the idea that humanity is set to face a critical crunch point soon enough (if ...
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