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Seven BU Mathematicians Named American Mathematical Society Fellows

November 8th, 2012

The American Mathematical Society has named the following seven faculty members in Boston University’s Department of Mathematics and Statistics to its inaugural class of fellows:

Paul Blanchard, professor

Robert L. Devaney, professor

David Fried, professor

Thomas Hawkins, professor emeritus

Tasso Joost Kaper, professor

Emma Previato, professor

David Rohrlich, professor

The Fellows of the AMS designation recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication, and utilization of mathematics. Among the goals of the program are to create an enlarged class of mathematicians recognized by their peers as distinguished for their contributions to the profession.

The selection of seven of its faculty members as AMS fellows reflects the strength of the Boston University Department of Mathematics and Statistics, which is ranked a Group I department by the National Research Council. The department is known for its vigorous research environment in algebra, applied statistics, dynamical systems, geometry, mathematical neuroscience and biology, mathematical physics, number theory, partial differential equations, and probability. The department also has unique interdisciplinary strengths in biomedical engineering, experimental and computational neuroscience, mechanical engineering, and physics.

The seven new BU fellows join a class of mathematical scientists from around the world have been named Fellows of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) for 2013, the program’s initial year. The AMS inaugural class of 1119 Fellows represents over 600 institutions.

Regarding the new Fellows of the AMS program and the Society, AMS President Eric M. Friedlander says, “The AMS is the world’s largest and most influential society dedicated to mathematical research, scholarship, and education. Recent advances in mathematics include solutions to age-old problems and key applications useful for society. The new AMS Fellows Program recognizes some of the most accomplished mathematicians — AMS members who have contributed to our understanding of deep and important mathematical questions, to applications throughout the scientific world, and to educational excellence.”

A description of the Fellows program is at

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