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Gaven John Martin FRSNZ FASL FAMS (born 8 October 1958)[1] is a New Zealand mathematician.[2][3] He is a Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at Massey University, the head of the New Zealand Institute for Advanced Study,[4] the former president of the New Zealand Mathematical Society (from 2005 to 2007),[5] and former editor-in-chief of the New Zealand Journal of Mathematics.[6] He is a former Vice-President of the Royal Society of New Zealand [Mathematical, Physical Sciences Engineering and Technology. His research concerns quasiconformal mappings, regularity theory for partial differential equations, and connections between the theory of discrete groups and low-dimensional topology.[3]

Education and career[edit]

Martin is originally from Rotorua, New Zealand.[3] His family moved to Henderson when he was 11 years old, and he attended Henderson High School[2] and the University of Auckland (as the first of his extended family to go to university), earning a BSc with first-class honours in 1980 and an MSc with distinction in 1981.[2] He then went to the University of Michigan on a Fulbright scholarship,[2] completing his doctorate in 1985 under the supervision of Frederick Gehring[7] and earning the Sumner Byron Myers Prize for the best mathematics dissertation in his year[2] and an A.P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship spent in T.U.B. Berlin and The University of Helsinki.

After short-term positions at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute of the University of California, Berkeley and as a Gibbs Instructor at Yale University, Martin became a lecturer at the University of Auckland in 1989,[4] but left after a year to research at the Mittag-Leffler Institute in Sweden and the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques in France.[3] Soon after his return, he was given a personal chair at Auckland;[3][4] when he took it, he became (at age 32) the youngest full professor in New Zealand.[2][3] For the next several years, he split his time between Auckland and Australian National University,[3][4] but by 1996, he gave up the Australian appointment and remained solely at Auckland.[4] He moved to Massey as a distinguished professor in 2005,[4] and in 2016--2020 served as elected as the academic staff representative on the Massey University Council, the University's topmost governing body.[8] He currently is the Director of the NZ Mathematics Research Institute https://www.nzmri.org and a long serving board member of the Rotary Science Trust.

Awards and honours[edit]

Martin became a fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 1997.[4] In 2001, he won the James Cook Fellowship of the RSNZ;[3][4] he also won the Hector Memorial Medal of the RSNZ in 2008.[9] He was an invited speaker at the 2010 International Congress of Mathematicians.[2] In 2012, he became one of the inaugural fellows of the American Mathematical Society.[10] He was made a Foreign Member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters in 2016.[11] He gave the Taft Memorial Lectures in 2010 https://www.artsci.uc.edu/content/dam/refresh/artsandsciences-62/departments/math/docs/taft-lectures/martin.pdf, the Maclaurin Lectures of the American Mathematical Society in 2016 https://www.ams.org/meetings/lectures/maclaurin-lectures. He is a Fellow of the NZ Math. Society, won their Research Prize (1994) and the inaugural Kalman Prize (2016), https://nzmathsoc.org.nz/?awards. Recent awards include Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science Fellowships (https://www.ssrc.org/programs/japan-society-for-the-promotion-of-science-jsps-fellowship/ two times) and the Humbolt Research Prize (2022).

Selected publications[edit]

  • Frederick W. Gehring, Gaven J Martin, and Bruce P. Palka (2017). An Introduction to the Theory of Higher-Dimensional Quasiconformal Mappings. American Mathematical Society. ISBN 978-0-8218-4360-4.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  • Tadeusz Iwaniec, and Gaven J Martin (2001). Geometric function theory and non-linear analysis. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0198509294.
  • Kari Astala, Tadeusz Iwaniec, and Gaven J Martin (2009). Elliptic partial differential equations and quasiconformal mappings in the plane. Princeton University Press. ISBN 9780691137773.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  • Tadeusz Iwaniec, and Gaven J Martin (2008). The Beltrami Equation. American Mathematical Society. ISBN 978-1-4704-0499-4. book details at American Mathematical Society Bookstore


  1. ^ Date of birth from Library of Congress authority control data. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Chisholm, Donna (June 2010), "Star of the west: a former "Westie" who grew up reading comics and hot-wiring cars, Gaven Martin is one of the finest mathematicians New Zealand has produced" (PDF), North & South: 83–87
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Gaven Martin" (PDF), Centrefold, Newsletter of the New Zealand Mathematical Society, 82, August 2011.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Curriculum vitae. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  5. ^ Presidents of the NZMS. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  6. ^ New Zealand Journal of Mathematics home page Archived 24 January 2015 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  7. ^ Gaven Martin at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  8. ^ Massey University Council
  9. ^ Hector Medal recipients, Royal Society of New Zealand. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  10. ^ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  11. ^ "Mathematician's links to Finland honoured". Massey University. 27 April 2016.