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Kurt Otto Friedrichs National Medal of Science Awarded In 1976

Kurt Otto Friedrichs

Kurt Otto Friedrichs

Award Name : National Medal of Science

Year of Award : 1976

Award for : Mathematics

Location : Kiel, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany


Kurt Otto Friedrichs was a noted German American mathematician. He was the co-founder of the Courant Institute at New York University and recipient of the National Medal of Science. He was born on September 28, 1901, Kiel, Germany. Friedrichs' greatest contribution to applied mathematics was his work on partial differential equations. He also did major research and wrote many books and papers on existence theory, numerical methods, differential operators in Hilbert space, non-linear buckling of plates, flows past wings, solitary waves, shock waves, combustion, magneto-fluid dynamical shock waves, relativistic flows, quantum field theory, perturbation of the continuous spectrum, scattering theory, and symmetric hyperbolic equations. A member of the National Academy of Sciences since 1959, Friedrichs received many honorary degrees and awards for his work. There is a student prize named after Friedrichs at NYU. The American Mathematical Society selected him as the Josiah Willards Gibbs lecturer for 1954. In November 1977, Friedrichs received the National Medal of Science from President Jimmy Carter "for bringing the powers of modern mathematics to bear on problems in physics, fluid dynamics, and elasticity." 


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