53. Cathleen Synge Morawetz
Ph.D. New York University, New York, New York, 1951
Morawetz was born in Toronto, Canada. She was appointed director of the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences in 1984 and was awarded the National Medal of Science in 1998 "for pioneering advances in partial differential equations and wave propagation resulting in applications to aerodynamics, acoustics and optics."
Morawetz has received many honors: she was was the first woman member of the Applied Mathematics Section of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Morawetz was awarded the AMS Leroy P. Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement in 2004 for her deep contributions to partial differential equations, transonic flow, and other areas of applied mathematics, for her guidance and inspiration to colleagues and students alike, and for her remarkable service to the mathematical community through her membership on many AMS committees and through her term as AMS President. Morawetz was a Fellow of the AMS.
- MR Author Profile
- The MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive
- Mathematics Genealogy Project
- "Cathleen Morawetz Receives National Medal of Science," Notices of the AMS, March 1999, p.352.
- "Mathematics to the Rescue (Retiring Presidential Address)," Notices of the AMS, January 1999, pp. 9-16.
- "Presidential Views: Unity in the Mathematical Sciences Community," Allyn Jackson (Deputy Editor, Notices of the AMS), James Berger (past president, Institute of Mathematical Statistics), Nancy Reid (president, Institute of Mathematical Statistics), Cathleen Morawetz (president, AMS), Margaret Wright (president, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics), Notices of the AMS, December 1996, p.1512.
- Fellow of the AMS
- Cathleen Synge Morawetz, 1923-2017
- "The Mathematics of Cathleen Synge Morawetz.” Christina Sormani, Irene Gamba, Leslie Greengard, Kevin Payne, Terence Tao, and Tonatiuth Sánchez-Vizuet celebrate the mathematics of Cathleen Synge Morawetz in this memorial (Notices of the AMS, August 2018).