Barbara Keyfitz

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Barbara Lee Keyfitz is a Canadian-American mathematician, the Dr. Charles Saltzer Professor of Mathematics at Ohio State University. In her research, she studies nonlinear partial differential equations and associated conservation laws.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Keyfitz did her undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto,[1] and earned a Ph.D. in 1970 from New York University, under the supervision of Peter Lax.[2] Before taking her present position at Ohio State, she taught at Columbia University, Princeton University, Arizona State University, and the University of Houston; at Houston, she was the John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Mathematics. She was also the director of the Fields Institute from 2004 to 2008.[1]

She was president of the Association for Women in Mathematics from 2005 to 2006,[3] and in 2011 she became president of the International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.[4]

Awards and honors[edit]

Keyfitz is the 2005 winner of the Krieger–Nelson Prize of the Canadian Mathematical Society, the 2011 Noether Lecturer of the Association for Women in Mathematics,[1] the 2012 winner of the SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession, and the 2012 AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecturer.[3]

In 2012 she became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[5] She is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.[1]


Keyfitz was born in Ottawa, and is the daughter of Canadian demographer Nathan Keyfitz.