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Karen Uhlenbeck
Born 24 August 1942
Cleveland, Ohio, USA
Residence USA
Nationality American
Fields Mathematician
Institutions University of Chicago
Northwestern University
University of Texas at Austin
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Alma mater Brandeis University
University of Michigan
Doctoral advisor Richard Sheldon Palais
Known for Calculus of variations
Influences Shing-Tung Yau
Notable awards MacArthur Prize Fellowship
National Medal of Science
She was the wife of the biophysicist Olke Cornelis Uhlenbeck and the daughter-in-law of the physicist George Uhlenbeck.

Karen Keskulla Uhlenbeck (born August 24, 1942 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a professor and Sid W. Richardson Regents Chairholder in the Department of Mathematics at The University of Texas in Austin. In 1998 she was selected to be a Noether Lecturer. In 2000, she became a recipient of the National Medal of Science[1]. In 2007 she won the American Mathematical Society Steele Prize and was awarded an honorary doctorate from Harvard University. She has also been a MacArthur Fellow.

Uhlenbeck has supervised 16 doctoral students including Georgios Daskalopoulos who is now a Professor at Brown University.

Uhlenbeck received her B.A. in 1964 from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. from Brandeis University in 1968. Her doctoral dissertation was titled The Calculus of Variations and Global Analysis. She participates or has participated in research in the fields of geometric partial differential equations, the calculus of variations, gauge theory, integrable system, Virasoro actions, non-linear waves, and non-linear Schrödinger equations.


  1. ^ "The President's National Medal of Science: Recipient Details". National Science Foundation. Retrieved 13 December 2009.  

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