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Leslie Greengard to deliver The John von Neumann Lecture

The Prize Will Be Awarded at the SIAM Annual Meeting in Chicago



Karthika Muthukumaraswamy

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Philadelphia, PA – Leslie F. Greengard of the Simons Foundation and the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University has been awarded the 2014 John von Neumann Lecture prize.

The highest honor awarded by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), the society’s flagship lecture—established in 1959 in honor of the Hungarian-American mathematician of the same name—is given to a mathematician, or a scientist in another field, who has made distinguished contributions to the field of applied mathematical sciences. Dr. Greengard will receive his award and present the associated prize lecture at the SIAM Annual Meeting to be held in Chicago next month.

The 2014 prize is awarded to Greengard in recognition of his transformative contributions to computational science. Since the 1980s, when he introduced the Fast Multipole Method, jointly with Vladimir Rokhlin, Greengard has shown the world the power of analysis-based algorithms for solving difficult computational problems of mathematical physics. He has changed our views of integral equations, particle simulations, spectral methods, fast Fourier transforms, and geometric complexity, inspiring students and colleagues at the Courant Institute and worldwide.

A professor in the department of mathematics at the Courant Institute, Greengard’s research interests are in applied and computational mathematics, partial differential equations, computational chemistry, and mathematical biology. Last year, Greengard was named Director of the Simons Center for Data Analysis. He spoke with SIAM News earlier this month regarding the center and more.  

Greengard received the Leroy P. Steele Prize from the American Mathematical Society in 2001 and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Engineering in 2006.

As part of the John von Neumann Lecture prize, Greengard will receive an honorarium of $5,000 and a framed, hand-calligraphed certificate at the Prizes and Awards Luncheon to be held 12:50 – 2:15 p.m., Tuesday, July 8 in the Grand Ballroom of the Hilton Chicago as part of the SIAM Annual Meeting.

Immediately following the luncheon, he will deliver the prize lecture titled, “Fast, Accurate Tools for Physical Modeling in Complex Geometry” at the Grand Ballroom of the Palmer House, the meeting’s main venue.

Fast, Accurate Tools for Physical Modeling in Complex Geometry
Tuesday, July 8, 2:30-3:30 p.m.
Grand Ballroom-  4th Floor, Palmer House

Read more details about the prize and the lecture.

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