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Lathrop, Daniel

Lathrop, Daniel

Professor of Physics and Geology
Institute for Research in Electronics & Applied Physics
Electrical and Computer Engineering
3319 A.V. Williams Bldg.


  • Ph.D., Physics, University of Texas at Austin, 1991
  • B.A., Physics, University of California at Berkeley, 1987


Professor Lathrop received a B.A. in physics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1987, and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Texas at Austin in 1991.   He was a postdoctoral fellow, research affiliate, and lecturer at Yale University, and was later an assistant professor at Emory University.  He joined the University of Maryland in 1997.


  • Ed Lorenz Lecturer (2013)
  • Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2012)
  • Fellow of the American Physical Society, Topical Group on Statistical and Nonlinear Physics (2005)
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) from the National Science Foundation (1997)

Orcid: 0000-0001-9282-3247, Google Scholar

  • Magnetorotational instability
  • Turbulent dissipation
  • Magnetoturbulence and dynamos
  • Strongly nonlinear surface waves
  • Ingassing in breaking waves
  • Chaotic light-scattering