Charles S. Peskin

Silver Professor; Professor of Mathematics, Neural Science

B.A. 1968, Harvard; Ph.D. 1972, Yeshiva

Office Address: 

251 Mercer Street
New York, NY 10012





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Areas of Research/Interest: 

applications of mathematics and computing to problems in medicine and biology, cardiac fluid dynamics, molecular machinery within biological cells, mathematical/computational neuroscience

External Affiliations:

American Mathematical Society; Board of Trustees, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics; Society for Mathematical Biology; Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering; New York Academy of Sciences; American Academy of Arts and Sciences; National Academy of Sciences.


Charlie Peskin, Professor of Mathematics and Neural Science, has spent his entire academic career, starting in 1973, at NYU and the Courant Institute. He received his A.B from Harvard University (1968) and his Ph.D. from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (1972). A specialist in biomedical computation, his work includes improved computer simulations of the heart and further developing the underlying immersed boundary method that he invented. He is also involved in many other projects with NYU students and colleagues at Washington Square and the Medical School and with collaborators at other institutions: Blood Flow and Material Transport in Arteries and Veins, Biomolecular Motors, Mammalian Intracellular Circadian Clocks, Intracellular Reaction Diffusion Systems, and Computational Neuroscience. Professor Peskin is author of over 100 scientific papers and books, including Modeling and Simulation in Medicine and the Life Sciences, Second Edition with F.C. Hoppensteadt (Springer Verlag, 2002). He has received many honors, including a MacArthur Fellowship (1983), NYU Sokol Award (1992), AMS Gibbs Lectureship (1993), IEEE Fernbach Award (1994), NYC Mayor's Award in Science and Technology (1994), SIAM von Neumann Lectureship (1999), and the AMS/SIAM Birkhoff Prize in Applied Mathematics (2003). He has been elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1994), the National Academy of Sciences (1998), and the Institute of Medicine (2000).


2003 Birkhoff Prize in Applied Mathematics from AMS-SIAM; Mayor's Award for Excellence in Science and Technology, 1994; Sidney Fernbach Award, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Computer Society, 1994; Cray Research Information Technology Leadership Award for Breakthrough Computational Science, 1994; Josiah Willard Gibbs Lecturer, American Mathematical Society, 1993; New York University Margaret and Herman Sokol Faculty Award in the Sciences, 1992; Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics Prize in Numerical Analysis and Scientific Computing, 1986; MacArthur Fellowship, 1983-1988.

Silver Dialogues Essay

It is commonly the case that traveling waves have associated momentum, that the momentum points in the direction of wave propagation, and that the momentum is related to the energy of the wave by a simple equation of the form Read More...

Updated on 08/14/2014