Izabella Łaba

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Izabella Łaba (born 1966)[1] is a Polish-Canadian mathematician, a professor of mathematics at the University of British Columbia. Her main research specialties are harmonic analysis, geometric measure theory, and additive combinatorics.

Professional career[edit]

Łaba earned a master's degree in 1986 from the University of Wrocław.[2] She received her Ph.D. from the University of Toronto in 1994, under the supervision of Israel Michael Sigal,[2][3] after which she held assistant professorships at the University of California, Los Angeles and Princeton University before moving to UBC in 2000.[2]

She is one of three founding editors of the Online Journal of Analytic Combinatorics.[4]


Łaba's thesis research proved the asymptotic completeness of many n-body systems in the presence of a constant magnetic field.[2][5] While at UCLA, with Nets Katz and Terence Tao, she made important contributions to the theory of Kakeya sets, including the best known lower bound on these sets in three-dimensional Euclidean spaces.[2][5] Her more recent work concerns harmonic analysis, periodic tilings, and Falconer's conjecture on sets of distances of points.[5]

Awards and honours[edit]

Łaba was the 2004 winner of the Coxeter–James Prize, an annual prize of the Canadian Mathematical Society for outstanding young mathematicians.[2] In 2008, the CMS honoured her again with their Krieger–Nelson Prize, given to an outstanding woman in mathematics.[5]

In 2012 she became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[6]


  1. ^ Birth date from Wolff, Thomas H. (2003), Łaba, Izabella; Shubin, Carol, eds., Lectures on harmonic analysis, University Lecture Series, 29, Providence, RI: American Mathematical Society, ISBN 0-8218-3449-5, MR 2003254 , Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data, p. iv.
  2. ^ a b c d e f CMS 2004 Coxeter-James Prize: Dr. Izabella Łaba (University of British Columbia), Canadian Mathematical Society, retrieved 2013-01-28.
  3. ^ Izabella Laba at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  4. ^ Editorial board, Online Journal of Analytic Combinatorics, retrieved 2013-01-28.
  5. ^ a b c d CMS 2008 Krieger-Nelson Prize: Dr. Izabella Łaba (University of British Columbia), retrieved 2013-01-28.
  6. ^ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2013-01-27.

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