J. Hyam Rubinstein
J. Hyam Rubinstein
J. Hyam Rubinstein in 2005
(photo from MFO)
|Born||March 7, 1948|
|Alma mater||University of California, Berkeley|
|Known for||3-sphere recognition|
|Awards||Australian Mathematical Society Medal|
George Szekeres Medal (2008)
Hannan Medal (2003)
|Doctoral advisor||John Robert Stallings|
J. (Joachim) Hyam Rubinstein FAA (born 7 March 1948, in Melbourne) is[update] an Australian mathematician specialising in low-dimensional topology, serving as a professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Melbourne.
He has spoken and written widely on the state of the mathematical sciences in Australia, with particular focus on the impacts of reduced Government spending for university mathematics departments.
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In 1965, Rubinstein matriculated (i.e. graduated) from Melbourne High School in Melbourne, Australia winning the maximum of four exhibitions. In 1969, he graduated from Monash University in Melbourne, with a B.Sc.(Honours) degree in mathematics.
In 1974, Rubinstein received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley under the advisorship of John Stallings. His dissertation was on the topic of Isotopies of Incompressible Surfaces in Three Dimensional Manifolds.
His major contributions include results involving almost normal Heegaard splittings and the closely related joint work with Jon T. Pitts relating strongly irreducible Heegaard splittings to minimal surfaces, joint work with William Jaco on special triangulations of 3-manifolds (namely 0-efficient and 1-efficient triangulations), and joint work with Martin Scharlemann on the Rubinstein–Scharlemann graphic. He is a key figure in the algorithmic theory of 3-manifolds, and one of the initial developers of the Regina program, which implements his 3-sphere recognition algorithm.
- Past President of the Australian Mathematical Society.
- Chair of the Australian Committee for the Mathematical Sciences.
- Elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science in 2003.
- Recipient of the Hannan Medal in 2004.
- Recipient of the George Szekeres Medal in 2008.
- Fellow of the American Mathematical Society, 2012.
- Universities' Maths Departments Suffer Cutbacks, 2008-03-19. http://www.abc.net.au/pm/content/2008/s2194629.htm
- A National Strategy for Mathematical Sciences in Australia, 2009-03-03. http://www.amsi.org.au/pdfs/National_Mats_strategy.pdf
- Rebuilding the Mathematical Sciences, 2009. http://www.atse.org.au/index.php?sectionid=1299
- List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2013-07-07.