Hans Lewy

Hans Lewy Winner of Wolf Prize in Mathematics - 1984
Hans Lewy

THE 1984/5 WOLF FOUNDATION PRIZE IN MATHEMATICS


The Mathematics Prize Committee for 1984/5 recommends unanimously that the Wolf Prize in Mathematics be shared jointly by:

Hans Lewy
University of California at Berkeley
Berkeley, California, USA


for initiating many, now classic and essential, developments in partial differential equations.

Kunihiko Kodaira
The Japan Academy
Tokyo, Japan

for his outstanding contributions to the study of complex manifolds and algebraic varieties.

Professor Kunihikio Kodaira made a profound study of harmonic integrals with incisive, important applications to algebraic and complex geometry. These include the projective imbedding theorem, deformations of complex structures (with D. C. Spencer), and the classification of complex analytic surfaces. His work has greatly influenced and inspired researchers in these subjects throughout the world.

Working in Germany in the 1920´s and subsequently in the United States, Professor Hans Lewy has laid the foundations to some of the most fruitful theories in partial differential equations and their applications. His early work with Courant and Friedrichs, 1928, heralded the development of numerical methods for solving partial differential equations and later led to a stability theory for finite difference equations. He produced the famous example of a smooth linear partial differential equation having no solution. His other contributions include the study of the Monge-Ampere equation, work in fluid dynamics and the theory of cavities, and an early study of variational inequalities. In all these topics his ideas, have been fundamental and his results most original.