Dusa McDuff, together with her coauthor Dietmar Salamon, will receive the 2017 AMS Steele Prize for Exposition. They are honored for their book “J-Holomorphic Curves and Symplectic Topology”.
McDuff and Salamon’s book J-holomorphic Curves and Symplectic Topology is a comprehensive introduction to Gromov’s theory of J-holomorphic curves. It not only develops the topic from the basics, explaining essential notions and results in detail, but also describes many of the most spectacular results in this area. McDuff and Salamon wrote the book at the same time they themselves were making contributions at the forefront of the field. They spent nearly a decade assembling the foundations of the subject into this mammoth 700-page book. The prize citation says, “[The book] has since served as the most standard and undisputed reference in the field and as the main textbook for graduate students and others entering the field.”
Born in London, Dusa McDuff received her PhD from Cambridge University (1971). After holding positions at York, Warwick, and Stony Brook universities, she is currently Helen Lyttle Kimmel ’42 Professor of Mathematics at Barnard College, Columbia University. In 1991, she received the AMS Ruth Lyttle Satter Prize. She gave a plenary address at the International Congress of Mathematicians (1998), the Noether Lecture of the Association for Women in Mathematics (1998), and the AMS Colloquium Lectures (2014). She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of London (1994), a member of the US Academy of Sciences (1999), and a member of the American Philosophical Society (2013).
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