Andrew Majda, a professor in the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, has been named the winner of the 2013 Norbert Wiener Prize in Applied Mathematics, an award sponsored by the American Mathematical Society and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.
The Wiener Prize is awarded every three years to recognize outstanding contributions to applied mathematics in the highest and broadest sense. The prize will be given in January at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in San Diego.
Majda has been recognized for "his groundbreaking work in theoretical fluid mechanics and its application to problems in atmospheric science and oceanography," the prize citation says. "Mathematicians and geophysicists alike have embraced Majda's pioneering advances on important and recalcitrant issues arising in climate modeling and prediction. This work includes the development and exploitation of the methods of statistical physics in geophysical problems, as well as the multi-scale analysis of moist fluid dynamics in the atmosphere."
Majda, the Samuel F.B. Morse Professor of Arts and Sciences at the Courant Institute, is well-known for his theoretical contributions to partial differential equations and his applied contributions to a range of areas, including shock waves, combustion, and atmosphere ocean science.
Majda is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He has received numerous honors and awards, including the National Academy of Science Prize in Applied Mathematics, the John von Neumann Prize of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and the Gibbs Prize of the American Mathematical Society.
Additional information can be found in the Joint Mathematics Meetings Prize Booklet.