Karen Uhlenbeck

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Karen Uhlenbeck
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Karen Uhlenbeck née Keskulla
Born 24 August 1942
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Residence USA
Nationality American
Fields Mathematician
Institutions University of Texas at Austin
University of Chicago
University of Illinois at Chicago
Northwestern University
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Alma mater Brandeis University
University of Michigan
Doctoral advisor Richard Sheldon Palais
Known for Calculus of variations
Influences Shing-Tung Yau
Notable awards MacArthur Prize Fellowship
National Medal of Science (2000)
She was the wife of the biophysicist Olke Cornelis Uhlenbeck and the daughter-in-law of the physicist George Uhlenbeck.

Karen Keskulla Uhlenbeck (born August 24, 1942) is a professor and Sid W. Richardson Regents Chairholder in the Department of Mathematics at The University of Texas in Austin.

Uhlenbeck received her B.A. (1964) from the University of Michigan, and a M.A. (1966) and Ph.D. (1968) from Brandeis University under the supervision of Richard Palais.[1] Her doctoral dissertation was titled The Calculus of Variations and Global Analysis. She participates or has participated in research in the fields of geometric partial differential equations, the calculus of variations, gauge theory, integrable systems, Virasoro actions, nonlinear waves, and nonlinear Schrödinger equations.

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In 1988 she was selected to be a Noether Lecturer. In 2000, she became a recipient of the National Medal of Science.[2] In 2007 she won the American Mathematical Society Steele Prize and was awarded an honorary doctorate from Harvard University. She has also been a MacArthur Fellow. In 2012 she became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[3]


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