Avner Friedman

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Avner Friedman (born November 19, 1932 in Israel ) is an Israeli -American mathematician. He deals with partial differential equations and their applications.

Friedman studied at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem with a diploma in 1954 and a doctorate in 1956 with Shmuel Agmon ( Linear partial differential equations of elliptic type ). As a post-doctoral student he was at the University of Kansas in 1956/57 , Lecturer at Indiana University in 1957/58 and Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of California, Berkeley in 1958/59 . 1959 to 1961 he was Associate Professor at the Minnesota Center for Industrial Mathematics and 1961/62 Visiting Associate Professor at Stanford University . From 1962 to 1984 he was a professor at Northwestern University . From 1985 to 1987 he was the Duncan Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at Purdue University and since 1987 he has been a professor at the University of Minnesota , where he was director of the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications from 1987 to 1999 and director of the Minnesota Center from 1994 to 2001 for Industrial Mathematics . He was regent professor there . In 2001 he became a professor at Ohio State University . He is a Distinguished University Professor there . From 2002 to 2008 he was director of the Mathematical Biosciences Institute, which he founded.

Among other things, he was visiting professor in Tel Aviv (1966/67, 1970/71) and from 1982 to 1987 visiting fellow at the University of Oxford . He deals with (nonlinear) partial differential equations and their application in mathematical modeling, especially in problems with free boundary conditions (such as moving interfaces) and phase transitions, with differential games and stochastic control.

Friedman is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (1993), the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences . From 1993 to 1995 he was President of SIAM . In 1982 he received the Stampacchia Prize. From 1962 to 1965 he was a Sloan Research Fellow and 1966/67 Guggenheim Fellow . In 2012 he became a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society .

He is a US citizen.


  • Differential Games, Wiley 1971
  • Foundations of Modern Analysis, Holt, Rinehart and Winston 1970, Dover 1982
  • Advanced Calculus, Holt, Rinehart and Winston 1971
  • Variational principles and free boundary problems, Krieger 1982, 1988
  • Partial Differential Equations of parabolic type, Prentice-Hall 1964
  • Partial Differential Equations, Holt, Rinehart and Winston 1969 (Reprint Krieger 1976)
  • Generalized functions and partial differential equations, Dover 2005
  • Stochastic differential equations and applications, Dover 2006 (first in 2 volumes, Academic Press 1976)
  • with David S. Ross Mathematical models in photographic science , Springer Verlag 2003
  • with Walter Litman: Industrial mathematics: a course in solving real-world problems, SIAM 1994
  • Editor: Mathematics in Industrial Problems, Springer Verlag, 10 volumes, from 1988
  • with Baltazar Aguda: Models of cellular regulation, Oxford University Press 2012

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Individual evidence

  1. Life data according to American Men and Women of Science , Thomson Gale 2004
  2. ^ Mathematics Genealogy Project