April 17, 2014

Edward Bierstone Appointed Next Director of Fields Institute

TORONTO, June 24, 2008- Edward Bierstone, Professor of Mathematics at the University of Toronto, has been appointed Director of the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences, beginning July 2009.

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."

Ed's 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.

The Fields Institute, located in Toronto, is recognized as one of the world's leading independent mathematical research institutions. With a wide array of pure, applied, industrial, financial and educational programs, the Fields Institute attracts over 1,000 visitors annually from every corner of the globe, to collaborate on leading-edge research programs in the mathematical sciences. The Fields Institute is funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council, the Ontario Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities, twelve principal sponsoring universities, seven affiliate universities and several corporate sponsors.


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