Laurence Chisholm Young

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Laurence Chisholm Young
Born (1905-07-14)July 14, 1905
Died December 24, 2000(2000-12-24) (aged 95)
Madison, Wisconsin
Institutions Trinity College, Cambridge
University of Cape Town
University of Wisconsin–Madison
University of Campinas
Alma mater Cambridge University
Doctoral students Wendell Fleming
Known for Calculus of variations, real analysis
Notable awards Isaac Newton Studentship (1930)
Honorary degree from Paris Dauphine University (1984)

Laurence Chisholm Young (14 July 1905 – 24 December 2000) was an American mathematician known for his contributions to measure theory, the calculus of variations, optimal control theory, and potential theory. He was the son of William Henry Young and Grace Chisholm Young, both prominent mathematicians.

The concept of Young measure is named after him: he also introduced the concept of the generalized curve[1] and a concept of generalized surface[2] which later evolved in the concept of varifold.[3][4]

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Laurence Chisholm Young was born in Göttingen,[5] the fifth of the six children of William Henry Young and Grace Chisholm Young.[6]

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  1. ^ (Young 1937).
  2. ^ (Young 1951).
  3. ^ In his commemorative papers describing the research of Almgren, Brian White (1997, p.1452, footnote 1, 1998, p.682, footnote 1) writes that these are "essentially the same class of surfaces". He notes also that Young himself used the same term in a somewhat different context i.e. in (L. C. Young 1942, 1942a).
  4. ^ See also the 2015 unpublished essay of his pupil Wendell Fleming.
  5. ^ (Turner, Rabinowitz & Rudin 2001).
  6. ^ (Fleming & Wiegand 2004, p. 413).


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