Dennis Parnell Sullivan

City University of New York
Mathematician; Educator
Mathematical and Physical Sciences
Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, and Statistics

Dennis Sullivan, a theoretical mathematician who has specialized in topology, geometry, dynamical systems, quantum theory, and fluid dynamics, was named Albert Einstein Chair in Science (Mathematics) at the City University of New York Graduate Center in 1981. Sullivan’s work has been acknowledged by the 2014 Balzan Prize for Mathematics; the 2010 Wolf Prize, for his work in algebraic topology and conformal dynamics; the National Medal of Science in 2005; the 1993 King Faisal International Prize in Science, for his work on universality in one-dimensional dynamics; the 1981 Élie Cartan Prix en Géometrie from the French Academy of Sciences; the 1971 Oswald Veblen Prize in Geometry, for his work on the Hauptvermutung in Topology, from the American Mathematical Society; and the New York City Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Science and Technology, in 1997.

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