Sylvia Serfaty

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Sylvia Serfaty
Alma materParis-Sud 11 University
Scientific career
InstitutionsNew York University
Doctoral advisorFabrice Bethuel

Sylvia Serfaty is a French mathematician working in the United States. She won the 2004 EMS Prize for her contributions to the Ginzburg–Landau theory, she won the Henri Poincaré Prize in 2012, and she won the Mergier–Bourdeix Prize [fr] of the French Academy of Sciences in 2013.[1]

Serfaty earned her doctorate from Paris-Sud 11 University in 1999, under supervision of Fabrice Bethuel.[2] She then held a teaching position (agrégé préparateur) at the École Normale Supérieure de Cachan. Since 2007 she holds a professorship at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences of NYU.

Her research has largely concerned quantum vortexes in the Ginzburg–Landau theory. In 2007 she published a book on this subject with Étienne Sandier, Vortices in the Magnetic Ginzburg-Landau Model .[3] She was an invited plenary speaker at the 2018 International Congress of Mathematicians.[4]


  1. ^ Sylvia Serfaty de nouveau couronnée avec le grand prix Mergier-Bourdeix de l’Académie des Sciences (in French), UPMC, July 12, 2013, retrieved 2017-04-04
  2. ^ Sylvia Serfaty at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. ^ Roberts, Siobhan (February 21, 2017), "In Mathematics, 'You Cannot Be Lied To': For Sylvia Serfaty, mathematics is all about truth and beauty and building scientific and human connections", Quanta Magazine.
  4. ^ "Plenary lectures", ICM 2018, retrieved 2018-08-08

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