His Life

Dr. Andrew J. Majda Biography

(From his personal website)

Andrew J. Majda is the Morse Professor of Arts and Sciences at the Courant Institute of New York University.  He was born in East Chicago, Indiana on January 30, 1949. He received a B.S. degree from Purdue University in 1970 and a Ph.D. degree from Stanford University in 1973.

Majda began his scientific career as a Courant Instructor at the Courant Institute from 1973-1975.  Prior to returning to the Courant Institute in 1994, he held professorships at Princeton University (1984-1994), the University of California, Berkeley (1978-1984), and the University of California, Los Angeles (1976-1978).

Majda's primary research interests are modern applied mathematics in the broadest possible sense merging asymptotic methods, numerical methods, physical reasoning and rigorous mathematical analysis.

He is well known for both his theoretical contributions to partial differential equations and his applied contributions to diverse areas such as scattering theory, shock waves, combustion, incompressible flow, vortex motion, turbulent diffusion, and atmosphere ocean science.

Majda is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and has received numerous honors and awards including the National Academy of Science Prize in Applied Mathematics, the John von Neumann Prize of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics, and the Gibbs Prize of the American Mathematical Society.

In 2012 he received the Wiener Prize of the American Mathematical Society and the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics and in 2015 Majda received the Lagrange Prize, awarded every four years by the International Council of Industrial and Applied Mathematics. He has been awarded the Medal of the College de France, twice, and is a Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science.  Majda has received three honorary doctorates including one from his undergraduate alma mater, Purdue University.  He has given plenary one hour lectures at both ICM (Kyoto 1990) and the first ICIAM (Paris 1987) and is both an AMS and SIAM Fellow.

In his years at the Courant Institute, Majda has created the Center for Atmosphere Ocean Science with seven multi-disciplinary faculty to promote cross-disciplinary research with modern applied mathematics in climate modeling and prediction.