Gerd Grubb

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Gerd Grubb (born 1939)[1][2] is a Danish mathematician known for her research on pseudo-differential operators. She is a professor emerita in the Department of Mathematical Sciences at the University of Copenhagen,[3] where she was the first female professor of mathematics.[4]

Education and career[edit]

Grubb was born on 12 February 1939 in Copenhagen, the daughter of two chemical engineers. She was a student at the Øregård Gymnasium,[1] and then studied various sciences at the University of Copenhagen from 1956 until 1959. After earning a master's degree in mathematics at Aarhus University in 1963, she went to Stanford University for doctoral study in mathematics, completing a Ph.D. in 1966.[5] Her dissertation, A Characterization of the Non-Local Boundary Value Problems Associated With an Elliptic Operator, was supervised by Ralph S. Phillips.[6] She completed a habilitation (Dr. Phil.) in 1975 at the University of Copenhagen, with the habilitation thesis Semiboundedness and other properties of normal boundary problems for elliptic partial differential operators.[5]

She returned to the University of Copenhagen as an assistant professor in 1966, eventually becoming a full professor there in 1994.[1]


Grubb is the author of the books Functional calculus of pseudodifferential boundary problems (Progress in Mathematics 65, Birkhäuser, 1986; 2nd ed., 1996)[7] and Distributions and operators (Graduate Texts in Mathematics 252, Springer, 2009).[8]


Grubb is a member of the Danish Academy of Natural Sciences [da].[1][9] The University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne gave her an honorary doctorate in 1988.[1][2][5] She was promoted to hedersdoktor (an honorary doctorate) at the University of Lund (Sweden) in 2016.[10] In 2020, she received the Gold Medal of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e "Gerd Grubb (1939 – )", Dansk kvindebiografisk leksikon (in Danish), retrieved 2020-04-19
  2. ^ a b Berg, Christian, "Gerd Grubb", Den Store Danske Encyklopædi (in Danish), Gyldendal, retrieved 2020-04-19
  3. ^ Gerd Grubb, Emeritus, University of Copenhagen Department of Mathematical Sciences, retrieved 2020-04-19
  4. ^ a b The Royal Academy’s gold medal to Gerd Grubb, University of Copenhagen, 22 October 2020, retrieved 2021-01-02
  5. ^ a b c Curriculum vitae (PDF), February 2010, retrieved 2020-04-19
  6. ^ Gerd Grubb at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  7. ^ Reviews of Functional calculus of pseudodifferential boundary problems: Luigi Rodino (1988), MR0885088; Luigi Rodino (review of 2nd ed.), Zbl 0844.35002
  8. ^ Reviews of Distributions and operators: Fabio Nicola (2010), MR2453959; David Jornet, Zbl 1171.47001
  9. ^ "Members as of 10 December 2017", Annual Report for 2017 (PDF) (in Danish), Danish Academy of Natural Sciences, 2018, pp. 20–36
  10. ^ Hedersdoktor med känsla för precision (in Swedish), Lund University, 18 December 2015, retrieved 2020-07-03

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