Young, Lai-Sang

Lai-Sang Young

Henry & Lucy Moses Professor of Science; Professor of Mathematics

Lai-Sang Young has been a Professor of Mathematics at the Courant Institute since 1999 and is one of the world leaders in the area of Dynamical Systems. She received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin, Madison (1973) and her M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley (1976 and 1978). Prior to coming to join the faculty of Courant she held faculty positions at Michigan State University (1980-86), the University of Arizona (1987-90) and the University of California, Los Angeles (1991-99). She is one of the foremost experts in low-dimensional dynamical systems and has also done work with Q.D. Wang on SBR (Sinai-Bowen-Ruelle) measures and the physically important case of non-hyperbolic systems. She has authored more than 50 scientific papers on a range of topics, including physically relevant invariant measures, correlation decay and related statistical properties, strange attractors, random perturbations, Lyapunov exponents, entropy and dimension and 1-dimensional dynamics. Professor Young received such honors as the Alfred P. Sloane Fellowship (1985), NSF Faculty Award for Women (1991), AMS Satter Prize (1993), Guggenheim Fellowship (1997), and Plenary Lectureships at the International Congress of Mathematical Physics (1997) and annual meetings of AMS (1998) and SIAM (1999). She was recently elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2004).