Former director and professor of mathematics at New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, NY, USA.
Partial Differential Equations, Calculus of Variations, Differential Geometry, Complex Analysis, Nonlinear Functional Analysis.
Louis Nirenberg has made fundamental contributions to mathematical analysis. His work has had a major influence in the development of different areas of mathematics and in their applications. It has focused on partial differential equations and related parts of analysis, the basic mathematical tools of modern science. He developed intricate interactions between mathematical analysis, differential geometry, and "complex analysis and applied them to the theory of fluid flow and other physical phenomena.
He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He also is a foreign member of Accademia Nazional dei Lincei, Académie des Sciences de France, Accademia Mediterreanea Delle Scienze, Istituto Lombardo, Accademic Scienze a Lettere, and Academy of Sciences of Ukraine.
In 1982, Dr. Nirenberg was named the first winner of the Crafoord Prize, created by the Royal Swedish Academy as an equivalent to the Nobel Prize for scientific research in areas outside existing Nobel categories.
He also received the Bocher Memorial Prize, awarded by the American Mathematical Society (AMS) for "outstanding contributions to mathematical analysis."
Most recently he received the Leroy P. Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement from the AMS and the New York City Mayor's Award for Excellence in Science and Technology.