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    Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Georgetown University, Washington, DC

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  • Biography

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    Dr. Hans Kaper is an applied mathematician interested in the mathematics of physical systems. His research focuses on analytical and numerical methods for differential equations describing these systems. His current interest is in dynamical systems arising in climate science.


    Dr. Kaper is co-director of the "Mathematics and Climate Research Network" (, an NSF-funded virtual organization to develop the mathematics needed to better understand the Earth's climate. He is the (co-)author of several books and more than 100 articles in refereed journals.  His recent book "Mathematics and Climate" (, with Dr. Hans Engler) was published by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) in October, 2013 and was named  “ASLI's Choice 2013” by the Atmospheric Science Librarians International (ASLI) as the best book of 2013 in the fields of meteorology/climatology/atmospheric sciences.  His most recent book is "Mathematics of Planet Earth" (, co-authored with Dr. Christiane Rousseau, was published in April, 2015.


    Dr. Kaper is a Corresponding Member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM), class of 2009.  He is editor-in-chief of SIAM News, Chair of the SIAM Activity Group on Mathematics of Planet Earth, and a member of the SIAM Committee on Science Policy, and served as Chair of the SIAM Activity Group on Dynamical Systems in 2012-13.


    Dr. Kaper received his PhD in Mathematics and Physical Sciences (cum laude) from the University of Groningen, the Netherlands. After a postdoctoral position at Stanford University he spent almost 40 years as a staff scientist at Argonne National Laboratory (1969-2008), where he was Director of the Mathematics and Computer Science Division from 1988-1991. In 2001, Dr. Kaper joined the National Science Foundation, where he served as Program Director for Applied Mathematics and Computational Mathematics until 2008. Dr. Kaper is currently affiliated with Georgetown University in Washington, DC. 

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