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Karen Uhlenbeck (Keskulla)

Birthplace: Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Arnold Keskulla and Carolyn Elizabeth Keskulla
Wife of Private
Ex-wife of Private

Occupation: Mathematician
Managed by: Yigal Burstein
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About Karen Uhlenbeck

Karen Keskulla Uhlenbeck (born August 24, 1942) is an American mathematician. She is a professor emeritus of mathematics at the University of Texas at Austin, where she held the Sid W. Richardson Foundation Regents Chair. She is currently a visiting associate at the Institute for Advanced Study and a visiting senior research scholar at Princeton University.

Uhlenbeck won the 2019 Abel Prize for "her pioneering achievements in geometric partial differential equations, gauge theory, and integrable systems, and for the fundamental impact of her work on analysis, geometry and mathematical physics." She was the first woman to win the prize.

Education and caree r Uhlenbeck received her B.A. (1964) from the University of Michigan.[1][3] She began her graduate studies at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University, and married biophysicist Olke C. Uhlenbeck (the son of physicist George Uhlenbeck) in 1965. When her husband went to Harvard, she moved with him and restarted her studies at Brandeis University, where she earned a M.A. (1966) and Ph.D. (1968) from Brandeis University under the supervision of Richard Palais.[1][3] Her doctoral dissertation was titled The Calculus of Variations and Global Analysis.

After temporary jobs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of California, Berkeley, and having difficulty finding a permanent position with her husband because of the anti-nepotism rules then in place, she took a faculty position at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in 1971. However, she disliked Urbana and ended up divorcing her husband and moving to the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1976. She moved again to the University of Chicago in 1983, and to the University of Texas as the Sid W. Richardson Foundation Regents Chairholder in 1988.

Awards and honours

  • MacArthur Fellow, 1983.
  • University of Michigan alumna of the year, 1984.
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 1985.
  • Member of National Academy of Sciences, 1986, the first female mathematician in the national academy.
  • Noether Lecturer, 1988.
  • Plenary speaker at International Congress of Mathematicians, 1990, as only the second woman (after Emmy Noether) to give such a lecture.
  • Sigma Xi Common Wealth Award for Science and Technology, 1995.
  • National Medal of Science, 2000.
  • Honorary doctorate from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2000.
  • Guggenheim Fellow, 2001.
  • Honorary doctorate from University of Ohio, 2001.
  • Honorary doctorate from University of Michigan, 2004.
  • American Mathematical Society Steele Prize "for her foundational contributions in analytic aspects of mathematical gauge theory in the papers "Removable singularities in Yang-Mills fields" (1982) and "Connections with bounds on curvature", 2007.
  • Honorary doctorate from Harvard University, 2007.
  • Honorary member of the London Mathematical Society, 2008.
  • Fellow of the American Mathematical Society, 2012.

О Karen Uhlenbeck (русский)

Карен Уленбека (родилась 24 августа 1942) — американский математик и педагог, профессор и заведующий кафедрой математики в Университете Техаса в Остине.
Получила степень магистра в 1966 г. и кандидатскую степень в 1968 г. под руководством Ричарда Палаиса. Ее докторская диссертация касалась глобального анализа. Она участвовала в исследованиях в области геометрических дифференциальных уравнений, теории калибровочных интегрируемых систем, нелинейных волн, нелинейных уравнений Шредингера. В 2000 г. получила Национальную медалью в области науки. Также стала почетным доктором Гарвардского университета. Луареат Абелевской премии (первая женщина).

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August 24, 1942
Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, United States