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 68)
Leningrad, USSR
Nationality Russian
Fields Mathematics
Institutions Stanford University
Alma mater St. Petersburg State University
Doctoral advisor Vladimir Rokhlin
Doctoral students John Pardon
Notable awards Oswald Veblen Prize in Geometry (2001)
Heinz Hopf Prize (2013)

Yakov Matveyevich Eliashberg (Russian: Яков Матвеевич Элиашберг; born 11 December 1946) is a Russian mathematician.

He received his Ph.D. from Leningrad University in 1972 under the direction of Vladimir Rokhlin.[1] 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. He also sits on the selection committee for the Mathematics award, given under the auspices of the Shaw Prize.

Eliashberg received the Leningrad Mathematical Society Prize in 1972. In 1986 and in 1998 he was an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians. He delivered the Porter Lectures at Rice University (1992), the Rademacher Lectures at the University of Pennsylvania (1996), the Marston Morse Lectures at the Institute for Advanced Study (1996), the Frontiers in Mathematics Lectures at Texas A&M University (1997), and the Marker Lectures at Pennsylvania State University (2000). In 1995 Eliashberg was a recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship. In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[2]

Oswald Veblen Prize in Geometry[edit]

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.[3]