Joseph J. Kohn
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May 18, 1932 |
|Doctoral advisor||Donald Spencer|
|Doctoral students||Gerald Folland
Life and work
Born to a family of a wealthy Czech architect Otto Kohn of Jewish origin. He emigrated with his family to Ecuador in 1939, and to the United States in 1945, where he attended Brooklyn Technical High School. He studied at MIT (S.B. 1953) and at Princeton University, where he obtained his PhD in 1956 under Donald Spencer ("A Non-Self-Adjoint Boundary Value Problem on Pseudo-Kähler Manifolds"). Later he was at the Institute for Advanced Study during 1957/58 (and again 1961/62, 1976/7, 1988/89). In 1956/57, he was an Instructor in Princeton. In 1958, he was Assistant Professor, in 1962 Associate Professor and in 1964 Professor at Brandeis University, where he also served as Chairman of the Mathematics Department (1963-1966). Since 1968, he is a Professor at Princeton University, where he served as Chairman in 1993-96. He was a visiting professor in Harvard (1996/7), Prague, Florence, Mexico City (Centro de Estudios del IPN), Stanford, Berkeley, Scuola Normale Superiore (Pisa), Rome, Buenos Aires, and at IHES.
His work focuses, among other things, on the use of partial differential operators in the theory of functions of several complex variables and microlocal analysis.
Kohn was a Sloan Fellow in 1963 and a Guggenheim Fellow on 1976/77.From 1976 to 1988, he was a member of the editorial board of the Annals of Mathematics.
In 1966 he was an invited speaker at the International Mathematics Congress in Moscow ("Differential complexes").
He has had at least 65 doctoral descendants.
Awards and honors
He won the AMS Steele Prize in 1979 for his paper Harmonic integrals on strongly convex domains. In 1990 he received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Bologna. In 2004, he was awarded the Bolzano Prize.
- Bloom, Catlin, D´Angelo, Siu (Herausgeber) Modern methods in complex analysis. Papers from the conference honoring Robert Gunning and Joseph Kohn on the occasion of their 60th birthdays held at Princeton University 1992, Princeton University Press 1995
- List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2013-01-27.
- Joseph J. Kohn at Princeton University (curriculum vitae)
- Joseph J. Kohn at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
- Curriculum Vitae of Joseph J. Kohn
- Leroy P. Steele prizes