Fang Hua Lin has spent his entire academic career, starting in 1985, at NYU and the Courant Institute. He continues the longstanding Courant tradition of hard analysis applied to nonlinear partial differential equation and is a world leader in this area of mathematics. He has authored approximately 125 scientific papers and two advanced volumes of lecture notes and received a number of awards including a Sloan Fellowship and a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator award. In January 2002, Fang-Hua received the American Mathematical Society Bôcher Prize, presented every three years to recognize outstanding papers in analysis.
It is a great honor for me to be awarded the Silver Professorship and to have this opportunity to tell you about some of the central aspects of the research field in which I have been involved. I was told that the readers of this article will be mostly non-mathematicians, including some non-scientists. This is very difficult for me; all of my experience as a speaker or writer has been addressing specialist in a particular research field—and so this will most likely be a dismal attempt. Though I will try to be as non-technical as possible, I will have to use some mathematical language and notation and I apologize in advance (also to specialists who happen to read this article for whom the matters explained here will be rather familiar). More...
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