Leon Simon honored for math research contributions

Leon Simon
Leon Simon

Researchers do put students first.

Just ask LEON SIMON, professor emeritus of mathematics, who was awarded the 2017 Leroy P. Steele Prize for Seminal Contribution to Research by the American Mathematical Society (AMS).

The renowned researcher, who has been at Stanford since 1986, is also famous for having the names of some 20 dissertation writers he has supervised on his curriculum vitae and for working on the practical issues associated with developing undergraduate honors programs in math.

Presented annually, the AMS Steele Prize is one of the highest distinctions in mathematics. The prize will be award to Simon Jan. 5, 2017, at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Atlanta, Georgia.

The Steele Prized recognized Simon “for his fundamental contributions to Geometric Analysis and in particular for his 1983 paper ‘Asymptotics for a Class of Non-Linear Evolution Equations, with Applications to Geometric Problems.’”

“Leon Simon’s paper has had extraordinary impact on analysis, geometry and applied mathematics,” the prize citation says, noting that hundreds of papers have been written based on the insights contained in the paper. “Without a doubt, Simon’s ideas will continue to be applied and further developed in future work.”

Read the entire announcement about Simon’s award.

Watch Simon give a lecture, “Principles and Practicalities for Honors Freshman Math.”