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Andrea Kane

Karen Uhlenbeck Is First Woman to Receive Abel Prize in Mathematics

Kenneth Chang of the New York Times reports on the 2019 Abel Prize awarded to Karen Uhlenbeck, current Visitor and former Member and Visiting Professor in the School of Mathematics, writing:

"One of Dr. Uhlenbeck’s advances in essence described the complex shapes of soap films not in a bubble bath but in abstract, high-dimensional curved spaces. In later work, she helped put a rigorous mathematical underpinning to techniques widely used by physicists in quantum field theory to describe fundamental interactions between particles and forces.

In the process, she helped pioneer a field known as geometric analysis, and she developed techniques now commonly used by many mathematicians."

Read more at the New York Times.

March 19, 2019