Louis Nirenberg in 1975 (photo courtesy MFO)
28 February 1925 |
|Institutions||New York University|
|Alma mater||McGill University,
New York University
|Doctoral advisor||James Stoker|
|Known for||Partial differential equations
Gagliardo-Nirenberg interpolation inequality
|Notable awards||Crafoord Prize (1982)
Bôcher Memorial Prize
National Medal of Science (1995)
Louis Nirenberg (born 28 February 1925) is a Canadian-born American mathematician, considered one of the outstanding analysts of the twentieth century. He has made fundamental contributions to linear and nonlinear partial differential equations and their application to complex analysis and geometry.
He was born in Hamilton, Ontario and attended Baron Byng High School. He studied as an undergraduate at McGill University, and obtained his doctorate from New York University in 1949 under the direction of James Stoker. He became a professor at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University. He was also conferred the degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa, at the University of British Columbia in 2010.
He has received many honours and awards, including the Crafoord Prize, the Bôcher Memorial Prize, the Jeffery-Williams Prize, the Steele Prize, the National Medal of Science, and the Chern Medal. He is a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.
- Functional Analysis. Courant Institute 1961.
- Lectures on linear partial differential equations. In: Conference Board of the Mathematical Sciences of the AMS. American Mathematical Society, Providence (Rhode Island) 1973.
- Topics in Nonlinear Functional Analysis. Courant Institute 1974.
- Partial differential equations in the first half of the century, in Jean-Paul Pier Development of mathematics 1900-1950, Birkhäuser 1994
- Interview with Louis Nirenberg, AMS
- Homepage of Louis Nirenberg
- Louis Nirenberg at the Mathematics Genealogy Project