Margaret Cheney

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Not to be confused with the author of Tesla: Man Out of Time

Margaret Cheney (born 1955)[1] is an American mathematician whose research involves inverse problems. She is Yates Chair and Professor of Mathematics at Colorado State University.[2]

Education and career[edit]

Cheney graduated from Oberlin College in 1976, with a double major in mathematics and physics.[2] She completed her Ph.D. in 1982 at Indiana University. Her dissertation, Quantum Mechanical Scattering and Inverse Scattering in Two Dimensions, was supervised by Roger G. Newton.[2][3]

After postdoctoral study at Stanford University, Cheney took a faculty position at Duke University in 1984, and moved to the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1988. In 2012 she moved again to Colorado State University as Yates Chair.[2]


In 2000, Cheney became the inaugural Lise Meitner Visiting Professor at Lund University.[4]

Cheney was elected as a SIAM Fellow in 2009 "for contributions to inverse problems in acoustics and electromagnetic theory".[5] In 2012, Oberlin College gave her an honorary doctorate.[2]

Selected publications[edit]


  • Cheney, Margaret; Borden, Brett (2009), Fundamentals of Radar Imaging, CBMS-NSF Regional Conference Series in Applied Mathematics, 79, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), Philadelphia, PA, doi:10.1137/1.9780898719291, ISBN 978-0-898716-77-1[6]

Review article[edit]

Research articles[edit]

  • Cheney, M.; Isaacson, D.; Newell, J. C.; Simske, S.; Goble, J. (1990), "NOSER: An algorithm for solving the inverse conductivity problem", International Journal of Imaging Systems and Technology, 2 (2): 66–75, doi:10.1002/ima.1850020203
  • Somersalo, Erkki; Cheney, Margaret; Isaacson, David (1992), "Existence and uniqueness for electrode models for electric current computed tomography", SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics, 52 (4): 1023–1040, doi:10.1137/0152060, MR 1174044
  • Cheney, Margaret (2001), "The linear sampling method and the MUSIC algorithm", Inverse Problems, 17 (4): 591–595, doi:10.1088/0266-5611/17/4/301, MR 1861470


  1. ^ Birth year from ISNI authority control file, accessed 2018-11-26.
  2. ^ a b c d e Curriculum vitae (PDF), October 2012, retrieved 2018-02-27
  3. ^ Margaret Cheney at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  4. ^ Johansson, Sara (January 31, 2000), "Hon ska uppmuntra flickor att läsa teknik" [She will encourage girls to study technology], Arbetet (in Swedish)
  5. ^ SIAM Fellows: Class of 2009, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, retrieved 2018-02-27
  6. ^ Review of Fundamentals of Radar Imaging: Lakey, Joseph D. (2010), Mathematical Reviews, MR 2553595

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