PIMS site director wins Bôcher Prize

  • Date: 04/18/2011
The Pacific Institute of Mathematical Sciences would like to congratulate Gunther Uhlmann who was awarded the 2011 AMS Maxime Bôcher Memorial Prize.


Dr Uhlmann is the PIMS site director at the University of Washington.


The following excerpts are taken from the AMS website:


“The Bôcher Prize is awarded to Gunther Uhlmann for his fundamental work on inverse problems and in particular for the solution to the Calderón problem in the papers “The Calderón problem with partial data” (with Carlos E. Kenig and Johannes Sjöstrand, Annals of Math. (2) 165 (2007) no. 2, 567–591) and “The Calderón problem with partial data in two dimensions” (with Oleg Yu. Imanuvilov and Masahiro Yamamoto, J. Amer Math. Soc. 23 (2010), no. 3, 655–691). The prize also recognizes Uhlmann’s incisive work on boundary rigidity with L. Pestov and with P. Stepanov and on nonuniqueness (also known as cloaking) with A. Greenleaf, Y. Kurylev, and M. Lassas.


Gunther Uhlmann was born in Quillota, Chile, in 1952. He studied mathematics as an undergraduate at the Universidad de Chile in Santiago, gaining his Licenciatura degree in 1973. He continued his studies at MIT, where he received a Ph.D. in 1976 under the direction of Victor Guillemin. He held postdoctoral positions at MIT, Harvard, and the Courant Institute. In 1980 he became assistant professor at MIT and then moved in 1985 to the University of Washington, where he was appointed Walker Family Endowed Professor in 2006. (see the AMS website for more)


Established in 1923, the prize honors the memory of Maxime Bôcher (1867–1918), who was the Society’s second Colloquium Lecturer in 1896 and who served as AMS president during 1909–1910. Bôcher was also one of the founding editors of Transactions of the AMS. The original endowment was contributed by members of the Society. The prize is awarded for a notable paper in analysis published during the preceding six years.”


Follow this link for more information on Prof. Uhlmann's achievement: http://www.ams.org/profession/prizes-awards/ams-prizes/bocher-prize.