Linda Preiss Rothschild


Linda Preiss Rothschild (born February 28, 1945) is a professor emeritus of mathematics at the University of California, San Diego.[2] Her thesis research concerned Lie groups, but subsequently her interests broadened to include also polynomial factorization, partial differential equations, harmonic analysis, and the theory of several complex variables.[3]

Linda Preiss Rothschild
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Rothschild in Berkeley, 1974
Born (1945-02-28) February 28, 1945 (age 77)[1]
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (PhD)
Spouse(s)M. Salah Baouendi
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of California, San Diego
Doctoral advisorIsadore Singer

Education and careerEdit

Rothschild is the daughter of Philadelphia fur merchants; she was unable to attend the best high school of the city, as at the time it was restricted to boys.[3] She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1966.[2][3] Rejected from graduate study at Princeton University because it was also male-only,[3][4] she instead earned her Ph.D. in 1970 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under the supervision of Isadore Singer.[2][5] She held temporary positions at MIT, Tufts University, Columbia University, the Institute for Advanced Study, and Princeton University before landing an associate professorship at the University of Wisconsin in 1976. She moved to San Diego in 1983,[2][3] and retired in 2011.[4]

Rothschild was president of the Association for Women in Mathematics from 1983 to 1985, and vice president of the American Mathematical Society from 1985 to 1987.[2][4] She has been co-editor-in-chief of the journal Mathematical Research Letters since 1994.[2]

Her husband, M. Salah Baouendi, was also a distinguished professor of mathematics at UC San Diego; he died in 2011.[6]

Awards and honorsEdit

Rothschild was awarded a Sloan Fellowship in 1976.[2][3] In 1997, Rothschild gave the Noether Lecture of the Association for Women in Mathematics, on the subject "How do Real Manifolds live in Complex Space?",[2][3] and she was an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in 2006.[4] She was elected as a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2005,[4] and in 2012 she became one of the inaugural fellows of the American Mathematical Society.[7] A conference in her honor was held in 2008 at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland.[4] In 2017, she was selected as a fellow of the Association for Women in Mathematics in the inaugural class.[8]

She and her husband were jointly awarded the Stefan Bergman Prize of the American Mathematical Society in 2003.[4]


  1. ^ "Biographies of Women Mathematicians - Linda Preiss Rothschild". Retrieved March 5, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h Curriculum vitae, retrieved January 1, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Linda Preiss Rothschild", Profiles of Women in Mathematics, Association for Women in Mathematics, archived from the original on March 7, 2017, retrieved January 1, 2015.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Riddle, Larry (2014), "Linda Preiss Rothschild", Biographies of Women Mathematicians, Agnes Scott College, retrieved January 1, 2015.
  5. ^ Linda Preiss Rothschild at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  6. ^ "M. Salah Baouendi (1937–2011)", Paid Death Notices, New York Times, January 1, 2015.
  7. ^ "List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society". Retrieved January 1, 2015.
  8. ^ "2018 Inaugural Class of AWM Fellows". Association for Women in Mathematics. Retrieved January 9, 2021.

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