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Gaven Martin

Gaven John Martin FRSNZ FASL FAMS (born 8 October 1958)[1] is a New Zealand mathematician.[2][3] He is a Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at Massey University, the head of the New Zealand Institute for Advanced Study,[4] the former president of the New Zealand Mathematical Society (from 2005 to 2007),[5] and the editor-in-chief of the New Zealand Journal of Mathematics.[6] He is Vice-President of the Royal Society of New Zealand [Mathematical, Physical Sciences Engineering and Technology. His research concerns quasiconformal mappings, regularity theory for partial differential equations, and connections between the theory of discrete groups and low-dimensional topology.[3]


Education and careerEdit

Martin is originally from Rotorua, New Zealand.[3] His family moved to Henderson when he was 11 years old, and he attended Henderson High School[2] and the University of Auckland (as the first of his extended family to go to university), earning a BSc with first-class honours in 1980 and an MSc with distinction in 1981.[2] He then went to the University of Michigan on a Fulbright scholarship,[2] completing his doctorate in 1985 under the supervision of Frederick Gehring[7] and earning the Sumner Byron Myers Prize for the best mathematics dissertation in his year[2] and an A.P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship spent in T.U.B. Berlin and The University of Helsinki.

After short-term positions at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute of the University of California, Berkeley and as a Gibbs Instructor at Yale University, Martin became a lecturer at the University of Auckland in 1989,[4] but left after a year to do research at the Mittag-Leffler Institute in Sweden and the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques in France.[3] Soon after his return, he was given a personal chair at Auckland;[3][4] when he took it he became (at age 32) the youngest full professor in New Zealand.[2][3] For the next several years he split his time between Auckland and Australian National University,[3][4] but by 1996 he gave up the Australian appointment and remained solely at Auckland.[4] He moved to Massey as a distinguished professor in 2005,[4] and in 2016 was elected as the academic staff representative on the Massey University Council, the University's topmost governing body.[8]

Awards and honoursEdit

Martin became a fellow of the Royal Society of New Zealand in 1997.[4] In 2001 he won the James Cook Fellowship of the RSNZ;[3][4] he also won the Hector Memorial Medal of the RSNZ in 2008.[9] He was an invited speaker at the 2010 International Congress of Mathematicians.[2] In 2012, he became one of the inaugural fellows of the American Mathematical Society.[10] He was made a Foreign Member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters in 2016.[11]

Selected publicationsEdit


  1. ^ Date of birth from Library of Congress authority control data. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Chisholm, Donna (June 2010), "Star of the west: a former "Westie" who grew up reading comics and hot-wiring cars, Gaven Martin is one of the finest mathematicians New Zealand has produced" (PDF), North & South: 83–87 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h "Gaven Martin" (PDF), Centrefold, Newsletter of the New Zealand Mathematical Society, 82, August 2011 .
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Curriculum vitae. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  5. ^ Presidents of the NZMS. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  6. ^ New Zealand Journal of Mathematics home page. Retrieved 22 January 2015.
  7. ^ Gaven Martin at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  8. ^ Massey University Council
  9. ^ Hector Medal recipients, Royal Society of New Zealand. Retrieved 20 January 2015.
  10. ^ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society. Retrieved 18 January 2015.
  11. ^ "Mathematician's links to Finland honoured". Massey University. 27 April 2016.