The Mathematics Behind the Computer


The Mathematics Behind the Computer


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(This information was taken from the Distinguished Scientist Lecture Series Program 1985-1986).

Dr. Fefferman is Herbert Jones University Professor of Mathematics at Princeton University. Born in Washington, D.C., Dr. Fefferman earned the Ph.D. degree in 1969 at Princeton University. At the age of 22, he was named professor at the University of Chicago and became the youngest full professor in the history of that institution. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the National Academy of Sciences, Dr. Fefferman has held visiting positions at the University of Paris, the Weizmann Institute (Israel), the Institut Mittag-Leffler (Sweden), and New York University. He has lectured at several universities, including the University of California at Berkeley, Harvard University, Columbia University, Cornell University, and Indiana University. While doing graduate work at Princeton, he was awarded a Woodrow Wilson Fellowship and National Science Foundation and Princeton National fellowships. He received the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship in 1970 and a ATO postdoctoral fellowship in 1971. He was awarded the Salem Prize that year by the French government. In 1976, Dr. Fefferman was the first recipient of the ationa1 Science Foundation's Alan T. Waterman Award, a prestigious prize authorized by Congress. In 1978, he received the Fields Medal from the International Congress of Mathematicians. He also hold several honorary doctorates.

His Work: Dr. Fefferman's research has focused on mathematical subjects in the areas of Fourier analysis, partial differential equations, several complex variables, and mathematical physics. His work in these areas has brought clarity to topics previously considered by many too difficult to be understood at this stage in the development of mathematics.

His Lecture: October 12, 1985: "The Mathematics Behind the Computer"



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October 12, 1985

The Mathematics Behind the Computer