Nancy Kopell

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Nancy Jane Kopell (born November 8, 1942 in New York City ) is an American mathematician who deals with differential equations and their applications in biology .

Kopell studied at Cornell University (Bachelor 1963) and received his doctorate in 1967 from the University of California, Berkeley , under Stephen Smale ( Commuting diffeomorphisms ). Then she was Moore Instructor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and was from 1969 at Northeastern University , where she received a full professorship in 1978. She has been a professor at Boston University since 1986 . She was a visiting scientist at CNRS (1970), MIT (1975 to 1977) and Caltech (1976). She is co-director of the Center for Biodynamics at Boston University. She was married to her colleague Gabriel Stolzenberg until his death in 2019 .

Kopell was a Guggenheim and Sloan Research Fellow . In 1983 she was invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians (ICM) ( Forced and coupled oscillators in biological applications ) and in 2002 at the ICM in Beijing (Rhythms of the nervous system: mathematical themes and variations). In 1990 she received a McArthur Fellowship (so-called Genius Award ). She was the Kac Memorial Lecturer at Los Alamos National Laboratory . In 1996 she was accepted into the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences . In 1992 she was a Noether Lecturer and in 2007 John von Neumann Lecturer . In 2015 she received the Mathematical Neuroscience Prize . She is a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society .

Kopell investigated pattern formation in oscillating chemical reactions and the formation of biodynamic rhythms in neural networks and in the coordination of movements in living beings. In doing so, she uses methods from the theory of dynamic systems such as the theory of averaging, singular perturbation theory, and the theory of invariant manifolds. She works closely with biologists.


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  1. Gabriel Stolzenberg November 19, 2019: Obituary. Casper Funeral Services, accessed November 20, 2019 .
  2. ^ Nancy Kopell: Beginner Mind: a Scientific Autobiography . In: The History of Neuroscience in Autobiography . tape 9 , 2016, p. 220-302 ( ).