Albert Laszlo Barabasi

Albert-László Barabási is the Robert Gray Dodge Professor of Network Science and a Distinguished University Professor at Northeastern University, where he directs the Center for Complex Network Research, and holds appointments in the Departments of Physics and College of Computer and Information Science, as well as in the Department of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women Hospital in the Channing Division of Network Science, and is a member of the Center for Cancer Systems Biology at Dana Farber Cancer Institute. A Hungarian born native of Transylvania, Romania, he received his Masters in Theoretical Physics at the Eötvös University in Budapest, Hungary and was awarded a Ph.D. three years later at Boston University. Barabási latest book is Network Science (Cambridge University Press, 2016). He has also authored “Linked: The New Science of Networks” (Perseus, 2002), currently available in fifteen languages, “Bursts: The Hidden Pattern Behind Everything We Do” (Dutton, 2010) available in five languages, and is the co-editor of “The Structure and Dynamics of Networks” (Princeton, 2005). His work lead to the discovery of scale-free networks in 1999, and proposed the Barabási-Albert model to explain their widespread emergence in natural, technological and social systems, from the cellular telephone to the WWW or online communities.


Barabási is a Fellow of the American Physical Society. In 2005 he was awarded the FEBS Anniversary Prize for Systems Biology and in 2006 the John von Neumann Medal by the John von Neumann Computer Society from Hungary, for outstanding achievements in computer-related science and technology. In 2004 he was elected into the Hungarian Academy of Sciences and in 2007 into the Academia Europaea. He received the C&C Prize from the NEC C&C Foundation in 2008. In 2009 APS chose him Outstanding Referee and the US National Academies of Sciences awarded him the 2009 Cozzarelli Prize. In 2011 Barabási was awarded the Lagrange Prize-CRT Foundation for his contributions to complex systems, awarded Doctor Honoris Causa from Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, became an elected fellow in AAAS (Physics), then in 2013 Fellow of the Massachusetts Academy of Sciences and, just recently, the 2014 Prima Primissima Award for his contributions to network science by the Hungarian Association of Entrepreneurs and Employers.




  • The Formula: The New Scientific Laws of Success 



We all believe we have the potential to be a success. We feel like our talent and focus is on par with our colleagues and competitors – and often it is. But how do we turn this potential into actual success? Why do some scientists gain eternal fame, while others, with equally insightful and deep discoveries, are relegated to a footnote of history? Why do some singers become superstars, while others, with equally exceptional talent, struggle to find an audience? Why do some authors write reliable bestsellers, while others, whose books are equally enjoyable, scramble to find traction in the marketplace? College applicants, investment bankers, amateur artists and professional athletes struggle every day against invisible barriers to their success. The desire to succeed is universal, and so are the laws that make success happen. 

A visionary pushing the boundaries of predictive science, World Economic Forum and TEDMED speaker, Barabási is pioneering a new movement in science that transforms the way we understand success. By recognizing that success is a collective phenomenon that can be accurately tracked in the era of big data, Barabási illuminates these laws and their implications chapter-by-chapter, showing us how we can harness science to succeed in any field.

Albert Laszlo Barabasi