Barbara Keyfitz

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Barbara Keyfitz
Keyfitz in 1982
Nationality Canadian, American
Title Professor
Awards Krieger–Nelson Prize, SIAM Prize for Distinguished Service to the Profession
Academic background
Alma mater New York University
Doctoral advisor Peter Lax
Academic work
Discipline Mathematics
Institutions Ohio State University

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]

In 2017, she was selected as a fellow of the Association for Women in Mathematics in the inaugural class.[6]


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


  1. ^ a b c d e Barbara Keyfitz named 2012 Noether Lecturer, Association for Women in Mathematics, retrieved 2013-01-27.
  2. ^ Barbara Keyfitz at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. ^ a b Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (August 20, 2012). "Barbara Keyfitz receives awards for research and service in applied mathematics". Retrieved 2017-10-26. 
  4. ^ College of Arts and Sciences, Ohio State University (September 29, 2011). "Mathematician Elected President of International Professional Society". Retrieved 2017-10-26. 
  5. ^ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2013-01-27.
  6. ^ "Launch of the AWM Fellows Program". Association for Women in Mathematics. Retrieved 7 November 2017.