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Albert-László Barabási is a distinguished physicist, network scientist, and author renowned for his pioneering work in the field of network theory. He completed his education with a Master’s degree in theoretical physics at the University of Bucharest and a Ph.D. at Boston University. Barabási’s research has significantly advanced our understanding of network topology and the dynamics of complex systems within various disciplines.

He is best known for his discovery of scale-free networks in the late 1990s, which revealed that networks across various fields—from the internet to human cells—share common architectural features and are characterized by the presence of hubs, or highly connected nodes. This groundbreaking insight has implications for understanding phenomena ranging from the spread of diseases to the robustness of the electrical grid.

Barabási currently holds a position as a professor at Northeastern University, where he directs the Center for Complex Network Research. Additionally, he is a member of the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. His work has been published widely, and he has authored several influential books, including "Linked: The New Science of Networks" and "Bursts: The Hidden Pattern Behind Everything We Do," which explore the science of networks and its implications for understanding real-world issues.