Portrait of Duncan Watts

Duncan Watts

Principal Researcher

About

Duncan Watts is a principal researcher at Microsoft Research and a founding member of the MSR-NYC lab. He is also an AD White Professor at Large at Cornell University. Prior to joining MSR in 2012, he was from 2000-2007 a professor of Sociology at Columbia University, and then a principal research scientist at Yahoo! Research, where he directed the Human Social Dynamics group.

His research on social networks and collective dynamics has appeared in a wide range of journals, from Nature, Science, and Physical Review Letters to the American Journal of Sociology and Harvard Business Review, and has been recognized by the 2009 German Physical Society Young Scientist Award for Socio and Econophysics, the 2013 Lagrange-CRT Foundation Prize for Complexity Science, and the 2014 Everett Rogers M. Rogers Award.

He is also the author of three books: Six Degrees: The Science of a Connected Age (W.W. Norton, 2003) and Small Worlds: The Dynamics of Networks between Order and Randomness (Princeton University Press, 1999), and most recently Everything is Obvious: Once You Know The Answer (Crown Business, 2011)

Watts holds a B.Sc. in Physics from the Australian Defence Force Academy, from which he also received his officer’s commission in the Royal Australian Navy, and a Ph.D. in Theoretical and Applied Mechanics from Cornell University.

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Projects

MSR NYC Lab Opening Link description

MSR NYC Lab Opening

Date

May 16, 2014

Speakers

Duncan Watts, Fernando Diaz, Kate Crawford, David Rothschild, Justin Rao, Jennifer Chayes, Dan Huttenlocher, Kathy McKeown, danah boyd, and David Pennock

Affiliation

Microsoft Research New York City, Microsoft Research New England and New York City, Cornell Tech, Columbia University

MSR NYC Data Science Seminar Series Link description

MSR NYC Data Science Seminar Series

Date

April 29, 2014

Speakers

Duncan Watts, Yann LeCun, Mor Naaman, Tony Jebara, and Jennifer Chayes

Affiliation

Microsoft Research New York City, Facebook and New York University, Cornell Tech, Columbia University, Microsoft Research New England and New York City