Idun Reiten

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Idun Reiten
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Born 1 January 1942 (1942-01) (age 74)
Nationality Norway
Fields Mathematics

Idun Reiten (born 1 January 1942) is a Norwegian professor of mathematics. She is considered to be one of Norway's greatest mathematicians today.[1]


She took her PhD degree at the University of Illinois in 1971. She was appointed as a professor at the University of Trondheim in 1982,[2] now named the Norwegian University of Science and Technology.

Her research area is representation theory for Artinian algebras, commutative algebra, and homological algebra. Her work with Maurice Auslander now forms the part of the study of Artinian algebras known as Auslander–Reiten theory.


In 2007 Reiten was awarded the Möbius prize. In 2009 she was awarded Fridtjof Nansen's award for successful researchers, (in the field of mathematics and the natural sciences), and the "Nansen medal for outstanding research.[3]

In 2007, she was elected a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences. She is also a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters, and Academia Europaea.[4]

In 2012 she became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[5]

She delivered the Emmy Noether Lecture at the International Congress of Mathematicians in 2010.[6]

In 2014 the norwegian King appointed Reiten as commander of the Order of St. Olav «for her work as a mathematician».[7]

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