Dusa McDuff, the Helen Lyttle Kimmel '42 Professor of Mathematics at Barnard College, has received the 2017 AMS Leroy P. Steele Prize for Exposition for her book J-holomorphic Curves and Symplectic Topology.
Associate Provost Patricia Denison congratulates McDuff, "an exceptional leader in the field of mathematics and an inspirational mentor for young women. This prize is consistent with her impressive contributions to Barnard and to the field of mathematics as a whole.”
McDuff co-authored this work with Dietmar Salamon, Professor of Mathematics at the Eidgenoessische Technische Hochschule in Zurich. It is a comprehensive introduction to Mikhael Gromov’s theory of J-holomorphic curves, a major area of work in the field of geometry. McDuff and Salamon’s work not only develops the topic from the basics, explaining essential notions and results in detail, but also describes many of the most spectacular results in the area of geometry and topology. McDuff and Salamon wrote the book at the same time that they were making their own individual contributions to the field.
The prize citation says that this book has “served as the most standard and undisputed reference in the field and as the main textbook for graduate students and others entering the field” of geometry.
Presented annually, the AMS Steele Prize is one of the highest distinctions in mathematics. The prize will be awarded Thursday, January 5, 2017, at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Atlanta.
This honor follows McDuff’s recognition last month, when she was awarded an Honorary Degree from Paris-Sorbonne University. She also received an honorary degree from the University of Warwick in Coventry, England for her "extensive...service to the mathematical community."