Dr. Menas C. Kafatos is The Fletcher Jones Endowed Professor of Computational Physics at Chapman University. He received his B.A. in Physics from Cornell University in 1967 and his Ph.D. in Physics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1972. He is a quantum physicist, cosmologist, climate change researcher and works extensively on consciousness, quantum theory, brain science, philosophy, and the above fields. His doctoral thesis advisor was the notable M.I.T. professor Philip Morrison, who studied under J. Robert Oppenheimer. Kafatos' studies involved quantum physicists Hans Bethe, Victor Weisskopf, and cosmologist Thomas Gold.
After postdoctoral work at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, he joined George Mason University and was University Professor of Interdisciplinary Sciences from 1984-2008, where he also served as Dean of the School of Computational Sciences and Director of the Center for Earth Observing and Space Research. Served as Founding Dean of the Schmid College of Science, and Vice Chancellor, Chapman University (2009 – 2012). He has 39 years of experience in undergraduate and graduate teaching and research, in Earth systems science, natural hazards and climate change, remote sensing and data information systems, physics, computational and theoretical astrophysics, astronomy, foundations of quantum theory, and most importantly, consciousness and the nature of reality.
He has published or co-authored numerous books including The Conscious Universe, The Non-local Universe (Springer-Verlag, and Oxford University Press, 1990, 2000 and 1999), Principles of Integrative Science (Romanian Academy of Sciences Press, 2000); Looking In, Seeing Out (Theosophical Publishing House, 1991); more than 275 journal articles and book chapters; several blogs in Huffington Post and San Francisco Chronicle, with Deepak Chopra and others; and has his own blog in Huffington Post, writing as a “wandering scientist”. Co-author with Deepak Chopra of the forthcoming book, Who Made God and Other Cosmic Riddles (Harmony).
- Honorary member of the Romanian Academy of Sciences
- University Professor, George Mason University (1984 – 2008)
- Recipient of the Rustum Roy Award from the Chopra Foundation, February 2011, which “honors individuals whose devotion and commitment to their passion for finding answers in their field is matched only by their commitment to humanity”
- Member, Board of Trustees, Universities Space Research Association (USRA), 2006-2008
- Korea University (International Endowed Professor, 2006, 2008)
- Member, OCTANe Board, 2010 – 2013
- IEEE Orange County Chapter - Outstanding Leadership and Professional Service Award, October, 2011
- Member, Chapman University $1M Club (2012)
- Member, American Hellenic Council (AHC), 2011 – present
- Member, Board of Trustees, World Affairs Council of Orange County
- Member, Editorial Board, Philosophy Study (David Publishing Co.)
- He is a regular referee for several scientific journals including Journal of Climate; Natural Hazards and Earth Systems Science (NHESS); Computers and Geosciences, etc.
- Member, Board of Trustees, Science and Non-Duality (appointed, December 2013)
- Chairman of the Board of Directors, American Hellenic Council (elected December 2013)
- Affiliated Researcher, National Observatory of Athens, Greece (appointed June 2013)
- International Scholar, Kyung Hee University, Seoul, Korea (appointed December 2013)
- International Member, BK21+Eco-Leader Education Committee, Korea University (appointed, January 2014 - 2015)