Michio Jimbo

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Michio Jimbo (神保 道夫, Jimbō Michio, born November 28, 1951) is a Japanese mathematician working in mathematical physics and is a professor of mathematics at Rikkyo University. He is a grandson of the linguist Kaku Jimbo [ja].[citation needed]


After graduating from the University of Tokyo in 1974, he studied under Mikio Sato at the Research Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Kyoto University. He has made important contributions to mathematical physics, including (independently of Vladimir Drinfeld) the initial development of the study of quantum groups, the development of the theory of -functions for the KP (Kadomtsev–Petviashvili) integrable hierarchy, and other related integrable hierarchies ,[1][2] and development of the theory of isomonodromic deformation systems for rational covariant derivative operators.[3]


In 1993 he won the Japan Academy Prize for this work.[4] In 2010 he received the Wigner Medal.[5]

Selected books[edit]

  • with Tetsuji Miwa, Etsurō Date: Solitons – differential equations, symmetries and infinite dimensional algebras. Cambridge University Press 2000, ISBN 0-521-56161-2
  • with Tetsuji Miwa: Algebraic analysis of solvable lattice models. American Mathematical Society 1993, ISBN 0-8218-0320-4
  • Editor: Yang-Baxter Equation in integrable systems. World Scientific 1990, doi:10.1142/1021


  1. ^ E. Date, M. Jimbo, M. Kashiwara and T. Miwa, "Operator approach to the Kadomtsev-Petviashvili equation III". J. Phys. Soc. Jap. 50 (11): 3806–3812 (1981). doi:10.1143/JPSJ.50.3806.
  2. ^ M. Jimbo and T. Miwa, "Solitons and infinite-dimensional Lie algebras", Publ. Res. Inst. Math. Sci., 19(3):943–1001 (1983).
  3. ^ M. Jimbo, T. Miwa, and K. Ueno, "Monodromy Preserving Deformation of Linear Ordinary Differential Equations with Rational Coefficients I", Physica D, 2, 306–352 (1981)
  4. ^ List of Japan Academy Prize recipients.
  5. ^ "Michio Jimbo has been awarded the 2010 Wigner Medal". The Mathematical Society of Japan. 2010-06-29.