Andrew Majda, a professor in the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, has been awarded the International Council for Industrial and Applied Mathematics’ Lagrange Prize for 2015.
Majda, whose work has focused on the general theory of fluid dynamics, was recognized for “his ground breaking, original, fundamental, and pioneering contributions to applied mathematics and, in particular, to wave front propagation and combustion, scattering theory, fluid dynamics, and atmosphere climate science,” ICIAM said in announcing the award.
Majda 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.
“His research, which has merged asymptotic and numerical methods, physical reasoning and modeling, and rigorous mathematical analysis,” ICIAM added, “has had an enormous and long lasting impact on modern applied mathematics, science and engineering (geophysics, seismology, weather prediction, combustion, and more) and remains the state of the art today.”
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.
The Lagrange Prize was established to provide international recognition to individual mathematicians who have made an exceptional contribution to applied mathematics throughout their careers.