Alan David Weinstein (17 June 1943, New York City) is a professor of mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley, working in the field of differential geometry, and especially in Poisson geometry.
|Born||June 17, 1943 (age 78)|
|Alma mater||University of California, Berkeley|
|Known for||Marsden-Weinstein quotient|
|Awards||Sloan Research Fellowship, 1971|
Guggenheim Fellowship, 1985
|Thesis||The Cut Locus and Conjugate Locus of a Riemannian Manifold (1967)|
|Doctoral advisor||Shiing-Shen Chern|
|Doctoral students||Theodore Courant|
Weinstein obtained a bachelor's degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1964. He received a PhD at University of California, Berkeley in 1967 under the direction of Shiing-Shen Chern. His dissertation was entitled "The cut locus and conjugate locus of a Riemannian manifold".
He worked then at MIT on 1967 (as Moore instructor) and at Bonn University in 1968/69. In 1969 he became assistant professor at Berkeley, and from 1976 he is full professor. During 1978/79 he was visiting professor at Rice University.
Weinstein was awarded in 1971 a Sloan Research Fellowship and in 1985 a Guggenheim Fellowship. In 1978 he was invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Helsinki. In 1992 he was elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and in 2012 Fellow of the American Mathematical Society.
In 1978 he formulated a celebrated conjecture on the existence of periodic orbits, which has been later proved in several particular cases and has led to many new developments in symplectic and contact geometry.
Building on the work of André Lichnerowicz, in a 1983 foundational paper Weinstein proved many results which laid the ground for the development of modern Poisson geometry. A further influential idea in this field was its introduction of symplectic groupoids.
He is author of more than 50 research papers in peer-reviewed journals and he has supervised 34 PhD students.