Yakov Eliashberg

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Yakov Eliashberg
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Yakov Eliashberg in 1988.
Photo courtesy of George M. Bergman.
Born (1946-12-11) 11 December 1946 (age 70)
Leningrad, USSR
Nationality American
Alma mater St. Petersburg State University
Known for his work in symplectic topology and h-principle
Awards Oswald Veblen Prize in Geometry (2001)
Heinz Hopf Prize (2013)
Crafoord Prize (2016)
Scientific career
Fields Mathematics
Institutions Stanford University
Doctoral advisor Vladimir Rokhlin
Doctoral students 32 students[1]

Yakov Eliashberg (Russian: Яков Матвеевич Элиашберг; born 11 December 1946) is an American mathematician who was born in Leningrad, USSR.

Yakov Eliashberg, Crafoord Prize Laureate in Mathematics 2016 at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm Sweden May 2016
Yakov Eliashberg, Crafoord Prize Laureate in Mathematics 2016 at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in Stockholm Sweden May 2016

He received his Ph.D. from Leningrad University in 1972 under the direction of Vladimir Rokhlin.[2] From 1972 to 1979 he taught at the Syktyvkar State University of Komi Republic of Russia and from 1980 to 1987 worked in industry as the head of a computer software group. In 1988 Eliashberg moved to the United States, and since 1989 he has been a professor of mathematics at Stanford University.

Eliashberg received the Leningrad Mathematical Society Prize in 1972. In 1986, 1998 and 2006 (plenary lecture) he was an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians. He delivered many invited series of lectures around the world. In 1995 Eliashberg was a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2001 he was awarded the Oswald Veblen Prize in Geometry from the AMS for his work in symplectic and contact topology. In particular for his proof of the symplectic rigidity and the development of 3-dimensional contact topology. In 2002 Eliashberg was elected to the National Academy of Sciences of the USA. In 2009 he received the Doctorat Honoris Causa from the ENS Lyon and in 2013 shared with Helmut Hofer the Heinz Hopf Prize from the ETH, Zurich, for their pioneering research in symplectic topology. In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[3]

Crafoord Prize[edit]

In 2016 Yakov Eliashberg was awarded the Crafoord Prize in Mathematics from the Swedish Academy of Sciences for the development of contact and symplectic topology and groundbreaking discoveries of rigidity and flexibility phenomena.

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