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Karen Uhlenbeck née Keskulla
|Born||24 August 1942
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
|Institutions||University of Chicago
University of Texas at Austin
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
|Alma mater||Brandeis University
University of Michigan
|Doctoral advisor||Richard Sheldon Palais|
|Known for||Calculus of variations|
|Notable awards||MacArthur Prize Fellowship
National Medal of Science
She was the wife of the biophysicist Olke Cornelis Uhlenbeck and the daughter-in-law of the physicist George Uhlenbeck.
Karen Keskulla Uhlenbeck (born August 24, 1942 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a professor and Sid W. Richardson Regents Chairholder in the Department of Mathematics at The University of Texas in Austin. In 1988 she was selected to be a Noether Lecturer. In 2000, she became a recipient of the National Medal of Science. In 2007 she won the American Mathematical Society Steele Prize and was awarded an honorary doctorate from Harvard University. She has also been a MacArthur Fellow.
Uhlenbeck received her B.A. (1964) from the University of Michigan, and a M.A. (1966) and Ph.D. (1968) from Brandeis University under the supervision of Richard Palais. Her doctoral dissertation was titled The Calculus of Variations and Global Analysis. She participates or has participated in research in the fields of geometric partial differential equations, the calculus of variations, gauge theory, integrable systems, Virasoro actions, nonlinear waves, and nonlinear Schrödinger equations.
- "The President's National Medal of Science: Recipient Details". National Science Foundation. Retrieved 13 December 2009.
- Karen K. Uhlenbeck's home page. Accessed 18 July 2009.
- "Karen Uhlenbeck", Biographies of Women Mathematicians, Agnes Scott College
- O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F., "Karen Uhlenbeck", MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, University of St Andrews.
- Karen Uhlenbeck at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
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