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Sijue Wu

Sijue Wu

May 15, 1964 -

Reprinted with permission from The Notices of the American Mathematical Society, April 2001, Vol. 48, No. 4, p411-412.

Sijue Wu was born on May 15, 1964, in China. She received her B.S. (1983) and M.S. (1986) from Beijing University, Beijing, China, and her Ph.D. (1990) [Abstract] from Yale University. Since then she has held the following position: Courant Instructor at Courant Institute, New York University (2 years); assistant professor at Northwestern University (4 years); and assistant, then associate professor at the University of Iowa (2 years). She was also a member at the Institute for Advanced Study in the fall of 1992 and during the year 1996-97. She has been as associate professor at the University of Maryland, College Park, since 1998.

Sijue Wu was awarded the 2001 Ruth Lyttle Satter Prize by the American Mathematics Society. This prize is awarded every two years to recognize an outstanding contribution to mathematics research by a woman in the previous five years. Following is the selection committee's citation:

The Ruth Lyttle Satter Prize in Mathematics is awarded to Sijue Wu for her work on a long-standing problem in the water wave equation, in particular for the results in her papers (1) "Well-posedness in Sovolev spaces of the full water wave problem in 2-D", Invent. Math. 130 (1997), 39-72; and (2) "Well-posedness in Sobolev spaces of the full water wave problem in 3-D", J. Amer. Math. Soc. 12, no. 2 (1999), 445-495. By applying tools from harmonic analysis (singular integrals and Clifford algebra), she proves that the Taylor sign condition always holds and that there exists a unique solution to the water wave equations for a finite time interval when the initial wave profile is a Jordon surface.

In 2001 Wu won the Morningside Silver Medal in mathematics for her work on water wave problems, and in December 2010 she was awarded the Morningside Gold Medal at the International Congress of Chinese Mathematicians. She is the first female recipient of the Gold Medal, the most prestigious award for mathematicians of Chinese descent. She was an invited speaker at the 2002 International Congress of Mathematics in Beijing. She is now the Robert W. and Lynne H. Browne Professor of Mathematics at the University of Michigan.


  1. AWM Newsletter, Volume 41, No. 3 (May-June 2011)
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