l Richard Taylor
Professor of Physics, Psychology, and Art
Director, Materials Science Institute

Department of Physics
University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403-1274, U.S.A.
Tel: +1-541-346-4741
Fax: +1-541-346-3422
Email: rpt@uoregon.edu



richard Taylor


I have worked in the USA, UK, Canada, Japan, Australia and New Zealand, and have published more than 250 papers. This includes 8 papers in Nature and 3 in Science. (Links to selected publications) In addition to my career in science, I am a trained painter and photographer. I adopt an interdisciplinary approach to studying natural patterns called fractals. I have studied fractals in physics, psychology, physiology, geography, architecture and art.

I use my interests in fractals to encourage collaborations between the arts and sciences and to promote public awareness of science. For example, my work has been featured in TV documentaries, including The Art of Science (ABC, 1998), Hunting the Hidden Dimension (PBS, 2008) and The Code (BBC, 2011) and has been the subject of popular press articles (e.g. in The New York Times and The London Times), magazine articles (e.g. in Scientific American, Time, The New Yorker, New Scientist and Discover) and ten popular science books. I also regularly give lectures around the world, commissioned by organizations as diverse as the Nobel Foundation, the Royal Society and national art galleries such as the Pompidou Centre and the Guggenheim Museum.

I have taught over 7500 students and have been honored with the following teaching awards: “Outstanding Teacher in Higher Education Award” by the Oregon Academy of Sciences, a Williams Fellowship for Innovative Teaching, the Thomas Herman Distinguished Teaching Award, and a Cottrell Scholarship for Outstanding Teacher-Scholars I have authored (e.g. “Light, Color and Vision”) and edited (e.g. “Physics – Principles and Application”) undergraduate textbooks and received a number of educational grants.

I am the director of the Materials Science Institute, which comprises of 35 faculty, over 100 graduate students and has an annual grant income of $16M. The MSI's research mission focuses on integrative science. To facilitate this mission, I recently collaborated with architects to design the Lewis Integrative Science Building. I am also director of Fractals Research LLC and head of the Fractals Research Laboratory at the UO.

  Selected Downloads:

Dr. Taylor's Resume

Essays on Dr. Taylor's life in science and art:
From Science to Art and Back
The Curse of Jackson Pollock
Advancing Technology Through
XCross-disciplinary Collaboration

Dr. Taylor's Personal reflections on fractals founder, Benoit Mandelbrot

The Art of Science: (ABC TV)
A TV documentary of Dr. Taylor's life in science and art (550mb)

An Evening with Freeman Dyson:
An example of Dr. Taylor's outreach activities (750mb)

The Code (BBC TV):

Video Links:

Hunting the Hidden Dimension:
A Nova documentary on fractals featuring Dr. Taylor.

Preview of Hunting the HIdden Dimension

A few minutes with Richard Taylor

Defeating the Art Science Divide

Freedom Lab

Research on chaos and fractals:

My research addresses fundamental questions about fractals (which are patterns that repeat at increasingly fine size-scales) and the chaotic processes that create them. My main projects focus on nanoscience, visual science and visual art and feature an interplay between fundamental and applied research. The diverse applications of my work range from sight-restoration using retinal implants to stress-reduction using art. Comprised of typically 10 students from the physics, computer science, psychology and human physiology departments, my Fractals Research Laboratory provides a unique research resource. The research involvescollaborators from the US, UK, Australia, New Zealand and Sweden, and is funded predominantly by the NSF, ONR, USAF and the RCSA.

Taylor art

Links to publications & further information:

Taylor Group: (LtoR) Rick Montgomery, Ian Pilgrim, Richard Taylor, Billy Scannell, Matt Fairbanks, Colleen Marlow.