Wolf Prize Laureate in Mathematics 2017
The jury panel of the 2017 Wolf Prize in Mathematics has unanimously decided to award the prize to Professor Charles Fefferman & professor Richard Schoen.
“for their striking contributions to analysis and geometry.”
Richard Schoen has been a pioneer and a driving force in geometric analysis.
His work on the regularity of harmonic maps and minimal surfaces had a lasting impact on the field. His solution of the Yamabe problem is based on the discovery of a deep connection to general relativity. Through his work on geometric analysis Schoen has contributed greatly to our understanding of the interrelation between partial differential equations and differential geometry. Many of the techniques he developed continue to influence the advance of non-linear analysis.