James Glimm

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James G. Glimm
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Born (1934-03-24) March 24, 1934 (age 80)
Peoria, Illinois
Residence USA
Citizenship United States
Fields Mathematics
Institutions Stony Brook University
Alma mater Columbia University
Doctoral advisor Richard Kadison
Doctoral students Thomas Spencer
Known for Constructive quantum field theory

James Gilbert Glimm (born 24 March 1934) is an American mathematical physicist, and Professor at Stony Brook University.

James Glimm was born in Peoria, Illinois, USA on 24 March 1934.[1]


He received his Ph.D. in mathematics from Columbia University in 1959; his advisor was Richard V. Kadison.[2] Glimm had significant stints at New York University, and at Rockefeller University, before arriving at Stony Brook University in 1989.[1]

He has been noted for contributions to C*-algebras, quantum field theory, partial differential equations, fluid dynamics, scientific computing, the modeling of petroleum reservoirs. Together with Arthur Jaffe, he has founded a subject called constructive quantum field theory.

James Glimm was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1984. He won the National Medal of Science in 2002. Starting January 1, 2007, he served a 2-year term as President of the American Mathematical Society. In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[3]


Years Appointments
1999- Staff Member, Computational Science Center, Brookhaven National Laboratory
1989- Distinguished Professor, SUNY at Stony Brook
1982-89 Professor, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University
1974-82 Professor, The Rockefeller University
1968-74 Professor, Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University
1960-68 Professor, Associate Professor, Assistant Professor, MIT
1959-60 Temporary Member, Institute for Advanced Study


  1. ^ a b http://www.ams.org/about-us/presidents/59-glimm
  2. ^ AMS Presidents: A Timeline
  3. ^ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2013-01-19.

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