Chris Jones is awarded Martin Kruskal Lecture

For MCRN Director Chris Jones’s profound impact on the mathematical theory and diverse applications of nonlinear waves and coherent structures, he has been awarded the Martin Kruskal Lecture by the SIAM Activity Group on Nonlinear Waves and Coherent Structures.  His contributions range from seminal mathematical papers on the stability of traveling waves, spectral operators, and geometric singular perturbation theory to important applications of traveling waves and coherent structures in geophysical fluid dynamics, nonlinear optics, biology and, most recently, data assimilation. Christopher K.R.T. Jones is one of very few researchers in our community who have worked on both dispersive and dissipative PDEs. He has published over 100 peer-reviewed articles that were, according to MathSciNet, cited more than 1600 times.

As we in MCRN know well, Chris Jones has impacted the applied mathematics community far beyond his scientific work.  Bjorn Sandstede says it best when he stated, “[Chris] is an outstanding mentor who has nurtured many students, postdocs, and junior scientists, including many from underrepresented minorities, throughout his career. Chris has always shared ideas freely, given generous credit to his junior collaborators, and otherwise encouraged and supported the next generations of applied mathematicians.”

The Martin Kruskal Lecture, established in 2011, is awarded every two years for a notable body of mathematics and contributions in the field of nonlinear waves and coherent structures.  The award consists of a plaque, a certificate containing the award citation, and an invitation to present a plenary lecture at the biennial SIAM Conference on Nonlinear Waves and Coherent Structures (NWCS).

The NWCS Activity Group fosters collaborations among applied mathematicians, physicists, fluid dynamicists, engineers, and biologists in those areas of research related to the theory, development, and use of nonlinear waves and coherent structures. It promotes and facilitates nonlinear waves and coherent structures as an academic discipline; brokers partnerships between academia, industry, and government laboratories; and works with other professional societies to promote NWCS.

Martin David Kruskal (1925- 2006) was an American mathematician and physicist. He made fundamental contributions in many areas of mathematics and science, ranging from plasma physics to general relativity and from nonlinear analysis to asymptotic analysis. His single most celebrated contribution was the discovery and theory of solitons. Kruskal received the National Medal of Science in 1993 “for his influence as a leader in nonlinear science for more than two decades as the principal architect of the theory of soliton solutions of nonlinear equations of evolution.”


Congratulations, Chris!


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