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Anne Greenbaum Named AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecturer

This article was originally published by the Association for Women in Mathematics.

The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) announce that Anne Greenbaum has been selected as the 2022 Sonia Kovalevsky Lecturer. Her lecture “Two of my Favorite Problems” will be delivered at the hybrid SIAM Annual Meeting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania July 11-15, 2022. 


Professor Anne Greenbaum has had a long-lasting and significant impact on many aspects of numerical linear algebra. She is an expert in the mathematical behavior of iterative methods and has solved many fundamental problems in convergence theory for linear systems and eigenvalue problems, non-normal matrices and functions of matrices. Greenbaum is the author of highly respected books on the subject, including “Methods for Solving Linear Systems,” published by SIAM, and (with Tim Chartier) “Numerical Methods: Design, Analysis, and Computer Implementation of Algorithms,” published by Princeton University Press. She was also one of the original developers of the LAPACK software that has been a workhorse of scientific computing for several decades. Greenbaum is a dedicated and effective teacher and mentor.

Biographical Sketch

Anne Greenbaum is Professor of Applied Mathematics at the University of Washington. She received her Bachelor's degree in mathematics from the University of Michigan in 1974. She then landed a job at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and, shortly thereafter, she began a doctoral program at the University of California, Berkeley. She received her PhD from Berkeley in 1981. In 1986, she accepted a research position at the Courant Institute, where she stayed until 1997, when she came to the University of Washington as a Professor in the Mathematics Department. In 2009, she moved to the Applied Mathematics Department. In 2015, she was elected a SIAM Fellow; other honors include the 1997 B. Bolzano Honorary Medal for Merit in the Mathematical Sciences from the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, and the SIAG Linear Algebra award, joint with Zdeněk Strakoš, for Outstanding Paper in Applicable Linear Algebra during 1991-1993.

The Kovalevsky Lecture honors Sonia Kovalevsky (1850–1891), the most widely known Russian mathematician of the late 19th century. In 1874, Kovalevsky received her Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Göttingen and was appointed lecturer at the University of Stockholm in 1883. Kovalevsky did her most important work in the theory of dif erential equations. Greenbaum was recommended for this award by a joint AWM-SIAM Kovalevsky Selection Committee (Małgorzata Paszyńska, Rosemary Renaut, Jennifer Ryan, and Mayya Tokman (Chair)).

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