Ed Bierstone has made pathbreaking
contributions to mathematics, in the areas of singularity theory, analytic geometry
and differential analysis. Ed earned his B.Sc. from the University of Toronto
and his Ph.D. from Brandeis University.
Ed's honours include Fellowship
in the Royal Society of Canada (1992), the Jeffery-Williams Prize of the Canadian
Mathematical Society (2005), and an invited address at an American Mathematical
Society Annual Meeting. He has served as Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal
of Mathematics, and is currently Editor-in-Chief of the Mathematical Reports of
the Royal Society. This year he was awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award by
the Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS). He is currently the Chair of the Research
Committee of the CMS.
"The wide scope of Ed's interests in mathematical
sciences places him in a superb position to direct Fields, one of the world's
leading research and training institutes," says Board of Directors Chair
John Gardner. "We look forward to working more with him."
recent research is in analysis and algebraic geometry. It concerns singularities.
Singularities describe irregularities of spaces and functions in many branches
of mathematics and applications. Ed's work (in collaboration with Pierre Milman)
has involved the discovery of links among algebraic, combinatorial and analytic
aspects of singularities, leading to the solution of old problems of Whitney and
Thom on composition and extension of differentiable functions, and of Hironaka
on stratification of subanalytic sets. His work on resolution of singularities
has played a major part in a revival of interest in the area; the constructive
techniques developed by Bierstone and Milman have led to applications in areas
as diverse as logic and analysis.
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