AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecturer


The AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture is an award and lecture series that "highlights significant contributions of women to applied or computational mathematics."[1] The Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM) and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) created the award[2] and lecture series in 2002; the lecture is normally given each year at the SIAM Annual Meeting.[3] Award winners receive a signed certificate from the AWM and SIAM presidents.[4]

The lectures are named after Sonia Kovalevsky (1850–1891), a well-known Russian mathematician of the late 19th century.[5] Karl Weierstrass regarded Kovalevsky as his most talented student. In 1874, she received her Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Göttingen under the supervision of Weierstrass. She was granted privatdozentin status and taught at the University of Stockholm in 1883; she became an ordinary professor (the equivalent of full professor) at this institution in 1889. She was also an editor of the journal Acta Mathematica. Kovalevsky did her important work in the theory of partial differential equations and the rotation of a solid around a fixed point.[1]


The Kovalevky Lecturers have been:[6]

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  1. ^ a b Koblitz, Ann Hibner (1993). A Convergence of Lives: Sofia Kovalevskaia: Scientist, Writer, Revolutionary. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press. p. 305. ISBN 0-8135-1963-2.
  2. ^ a b Young, Glenys (31 July 2015). "Professor Awarded Distinguished Lecture for Contributions to Mathematics". Texas Tech Today. Retrieved 2021-01-06.
  3. ^ "AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture". Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics. Retrieved 6 January 2021.
  4. ^ a b Duraisamy, Karthik (2017). "2017 Kovalevsky and Reid Prizes" (PDF). SIAM News: 12.
  5. ^ a b Bronston, Barri (6 July 2016). "Honoring women in mathematics". Tulane News. Retrieved 2021-01-06.
  6. ^ "Sonia Kovalevsky Lectures". Association for Women in Mathematics. Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  7. ^ "Mathematics People: SIAM Prizes Awarded" (PDF). Notices of the American Mathematical Society. 54 (9): 1164. October 2007. Retrieved 7 January 2021.
  8. ^ "Join SIAM in San Diego: 2008 SIAM Annual Meeting" (PDF). University of Maryland. Retrieved 6 January 2021.
  9. ^ "Susanne Brenner to be AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevky Lecturer". LSU Center for Computation & Technology. Retrieved 6 January 2021.
  10. ^ "Mathematicians receive high honors for global contributions". EurekAlert!. Retrieved 2021-01-06.
  11. ^ "2021 Lecturer: Vivette Girault". Association for Women in Mathematics. Retrieved 17 February 2021.
  12. ^ "Anne Greenbaum Named AWM-SIAM Sonia Kovalevsky Lecturer". SIAM News. Retrieved 2022-03-06.

External linksEdit

  • "Kovalevsky Lectures – Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM)". Retrieved 1 January 2021.
  • "Prizes, Awards, and Honors for Women Mathematicians". Retrieved 1 January 2021.