Stephen W. Morris


Experimental Nonlinear Physics; 
Nonequilibrium pattern formation, 
convection in simple fluids and liquid crystals,
segregation in granular media,
fracture, geophysical patterns.

Office: (416) 978 - 6810

Lab:  (416) 978 - 0137

Brief CV: B.Sc., British Columbia (1981) 
M.Sc., British Columbia (1985) 
Ph.D., Toronto (1991) 
NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow,

Santa Barbara (1991-1993) 
APUS/SAC Teaching Award, Toronto (2003) 
Faculty of Arts & Science Outstanding

Teaching Award, Toronto (2004) 
Senior Visiting Fellow, The Isaac Newton Institute for Mathematics, Cambridge University (2005). 
Visiting Fellow, Clare Hall, Cambridge University (2006).

Fellow of the American Physical Society (2012).

J. Tuzo Wilson Professor of Geophysics (2014-2019).


The scientist does not study nature because it is useful; he studies it because he delights in it, and he delights in it because it is beautiful. If nature were not beautiful, it would not be worth knowing, and if nature were not worth knowing, life would not be worth living.- Henri Poincaré

Research group homepage

Pattern formation in Nature, Science and Art, [Flickr site].

Pattern formation videos [YouTube Channel].

The Icicle Atlas, an open source data project.

Recent seminars and colloquia

Recent publications

Research Interests:


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The Experimental Nonlinear Physics Group, Dept. of Physics, University of Toronto

60 St. George St. Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5S 1A7. Phone (416) 978 - 6810