Paul Chaikin, a specialist in condensed matter physics, joined NYU in Fall 2004 as a Professor in the Department of Physics. He graduated Stuyvesant H. S. (1962) and earned his B.S. in Physics at California Institute of Technology (1966) and his Ph.D. in Physics at the University of Pennsylvania (1971). Previous professorships include the University of California, Los Angeles; University de Paris, Sud. Orsay; the University of Pennsylvania and Princeton. Dr. Chaikin has also worked as a Research Associate and Consultant for Exxon Research and Engineering Co and the NEC Institute. He has published over 300 articles in journals such as Physics Review, the Journal of Material Science, Physical Review Letters, Journal of Physics, Nature and Science, and he coauthored the book Principles of Condensed Matter Physics with T.C. Lubensky (Cambridge University Press 1995). Dr. Chaikin has served on the editorial boards of numerous refereed journals, and he has lectured at over 200 meetings and at over 200 universities and labs and has registered two patents. Dr. Chaikin has been honored with a Sloan Foundation Fellowship and a John Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellowship, and is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Science.