Vijay S. Pande
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Theory and Simulation of Explicit Solvent Effects on Protein Folding in Vitro and in Vivo (2009)
Dissipation-driven adaptation theory of Abiogenesis
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Theory and Simulation of Explicit Solvent Effects on Protein Folding in Vitro and in Vivo
Harvard University, University of Oxford, Stanford University
Jeremy England Wikipedia
Jeremy England is an American physicist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology best known for his statistical physics arguments to explain the spontaneous emergence of life, and consequently, the modern synthesis of evolution. England terms this process "dissipation-driven adaptation".
England's mother was the daughter of Polish Holocaust survivors while his father was a non-observant Lutheran. England was born in Boston and raised in a college town in New Hampshire. He was raised Jewish but did not study Judaism until he attended graduate school at Oxford University. He now considers himself an Orthodox Jew.
England earned a bachelor's degree in biochemistry from Harvard in 2003. After being awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, he studied at St. John's College, Oxford from 2003 until 2005. He earned his Ph.D. in physics at Stanford in 2009. In 2011, he joined the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Physics Department as an Assistant Professor.
England has received some publicity for his hypothesis of the physics of the origins of life, that he terms 'dissipation-driven adaptation'. The hypothesis holds that random groups of molecules can self-organize to more efficiently absorb and dissipate heat from the environment. His hypothesis states that such self-organizing systems are an inherent part of the physical world.
Pulitzer-Prize winning science historian Edward J. Larson said that if England can demonstrate his hypothesis to be true, "he could be the next Darwin."