Person: Fefferman, Charles Louis
Charles Fefferman is an American mathematician who won a Fields Medal for work on partial differential equations and Fourier analysis.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Arthur Fefferman was born in Brooklyn, New York, and was awarded a Master's Degree in economics from Columbia University in 1941.
- Arthur Fefferman studied for a doctorate in economics which he was awarded in 1950 from the New School for Social Research (now New School University).
- Arthur Fefferman had enjoyed and excelled in mathematics at high school but had been told that it was not necessary for an economist and had not taken even a calculus course at university.
- He got a phone call from the Feffermans.
- So Mrs Fefferman drove Charlie from Silver Spring to College Park in their trusty Dodge.
- Charles was soon making a remarkable impression at the University of Maryland.
- After two weeks in John Horvath's calculus class it was clear that the material was far too elementary for Fefferman and he was put into John Brace's honours calculus course.
- At the University of Maryland, Fefferman took lots of mathematics and physics courses.
- Fefferman realised that he was receiving very special treatment with so many of the professors giving him personal tuition.
- After graduating from the University of Maryland, Fefferman undertook postgraduate work at Princeton University supervised by Elias Stein.
- While a graduate student at Princeton, Fefferman did have interests outside mathematics.
- It is worth pointing out that Fefferman also supported George McGovern's campaign as the Democratic candidate for the 1972 presidential election.
- Fefferman lectured at Princeton for the years 1969-70.
- In 1973 Fefferman returned to Princeton and, in October 1974, he was introduced to Julie Anne Albert.
- Fefferman contributed several innovations that revised the study of multidimensional complex analysis by finding correct generalisations of classical low-dimensional results.
- Fefferman was awarded the Bergman Prize in 1992.
- In addition to the awards mentioned above, Fefferman had received many honours.
- In 2009 Fefferman was made an honorary member of the London Mathematical Society.
- Fefferman continues to work at Princeton and from 1999 to 2002 he was Chair of the Department of Mathematics at Princeton University.
Born 18 April 1949, Washington, D.C., USA.
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Prize Fields Medal, Origin Usa
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive