Professor Dennis Sullivan is a widely acclaimed mathematician born in Port Huron, Michigan (USA) in 1941 and educated at Rice and Princeton Universities. His academic and research career spans over forty years, during which he taught at Princeton University, University of California at Berkley and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He was also a Visiting Professor at Colorado State University and Professor at Large at the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (Institute of Advanced Scientific Studies) in Paris. He is currently the Albert Einstein Chair of Mathematics at the City University of New York and Graduate Center, and Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at New York State University in Stony Brook. Sullivan is a Member of the US National Academy of Science and Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the New York Academy of Sciences, and former Vice-President of the American Mathematical Society.
Professor Sullivan’s research interests revolve mainly around differential geometry, topology and dynamical systems. He worked for many years to bring the field of complex dynamics back to life after decades of relative obscurity. By successfully combining analytical and geometric methods, he was able to develop sound mathematical foundations for the study of complex dynamic systems which relate to some of the most intractable and important problems in the field. Sullivan’s work had been extremely valuable not only for its own sake but also for the vision that had given direction to much exciting current research. His powerful geometric intuition influenced many mathematicians and his ideas played a key role in contemporary seminal work in this field. He published numerous papers and gave many named lectures.
In addition to the King Faisal International Prize for Science, Professor Sullivan was awarded the National Medal of Science, the highest scientific award in the USA. He is also the recipient of the Oswald Veblen Prize, the Steel Prize from the American Mathematical Society, the Elie Cartan Prize in Geometry from the National Academy of Sciences and the Wolf Prize.
Professor Sullivan, has been awarded the prize, in recognition of his distinguished work in Mathematics. He is a gifted mathematician who has been played a leading role in bringing the field of complex dynamics back to life. This powerful geometric intuition has influenced many, and his ideas have played a key role in contemporary seminal work in this field. Professor Sullivan has successfully combined analytical and geometric methods to develop sound mathematical foundations for the study of complex dynamical systems.