Person: Uhlenbeck (2), Karen
Karen Uhlenbeckis an American mathematician who is a leading expert on partial differential equations.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Many mathematicians know from early age that mathematics will be their life but this was not so with Karen Uhlenbeck.
- Uhlenbeck entered the University of Michigan with the intention of studying physics but a combination of studying exciting mathematics courses and finding that physics practicals were not a strong point lead her to change to mathematics.
- After graduating from the University of Michigan, Uhlenbeck continued her studies at the Courant Institute in New York.
- In 1988 Uhlenbeck was appointed Professor in the University of Texas at Austin where she also holds the Sid W Richardson Foundation Regents Chair in Mathematics.
- Uhlenbeck's work provided analytic tools to use instantons as an effective geometric tool.
- The papers do not discuss "bubbling" explicitly - perhaps the arguments were supposed to be obvious to experts by analogy with the work of Sacks and Uhlenbeck in the harmonic maps case.
- In 1988 Uhlenbeck lectured on Instantons and Their Relatives at the Centennial Celebration of the American Mathematical Society.
- At the same International Congress of Mathematicians in Kyoto, Karen Uhlenbeck was a Plenary Speaker.
- Among the many honours that Uhlenbeck has received for her work one should mention in particular that she was elected a Member of the American Academy of Arts and Science in 1985 and a Member of the National Academy of Sciences the following year.
- In 2008 Uhlenbeck was elected an honorary member of the London Mathematical Society.
- Professor Uhlenbeck is one of the United States' most eminent mathematicians, and perhaps the most distinguished woman mathematician of our time.
- At the same time, Uhlenbeck's efforts across the educational spectrum, especially her role as a founder of the Park City-IAS Mathematical Institute, have added vitality to the mathematical scene.
- Professor Uhlenbeck's mentoring is legendary, both formal (she co-founded the annual Women in Mathematics programme at the IAS) and informal, of women mathematicians.
Born 24 August 1942, Cleveland, Ohio, USA.
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive