Richard Schoen, UC Irvine and Stanford University, USA, is receiving the 2017 Rolf Schock Prize in Mathematics,
“for groundbreaking work in differential geometry and geometric analysis including the proof of the Yamabe conjecture, the positive mass conjecture, and the differentiable sphere theorem.
Richard Schoen holds professorships at UC Irvine and Stanford University, and is one of three vice-presidents of the American Mathematical Society. Schoen works in the field of geometric analysis, which he and Shing-Tung Yau founded in the 1970s and 80s. It studies geometry through non-linear partial differential equations. Development in and around geometric analysis has strikingly transformed large parts of mathematics and been a leading theme for 30 years, including in areas such as gauge theory in 4-dimensional topology (possible structures in space-time), the Floer-Gromov-Witten theory for pseudoholomorphic curves (closely linked to physics’ string theory), Ricci and mean curvature flow (proof of the Poincarés conjecture).
Schoen has produced stunning results in this area from the very beginning. His work is characterised by outstanding technical skill and a clear vision of geometric relevance.
Richard Schoen was born in 1950 in Celina, Ohio, USA, and received his doctorate in 1977 from Stanford University.
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