Role University Professor
Institutions Stanford University
|Doctoral advisor Gerhard Huisken|
Name Simon Brendle
|Known for Yamabe Flow, Differentiable Sphere Theorem, Min-Oo Conjecture, Lawson Conjecture|
Notable awards EMS Prize (2012)Bocher Prize (2014)
Books Ricci Flow and the Sphere Theorem
Education University of Tubingen (2001), University of Tubingen (1999)
Similar People Richard Schoen, Gerhard Huisken, Fernando Coda Marques, Alessio Figalli
Alma mater University of Tubingen
Simon Brendle (born June 1981) is a German mathematician working in differential geometry and nonlinear partial differential equations. He received his Ph.D. from Tübingen University under the supervision of Gerhard Huisken (2001). He was a professor at Stanford University (2005-2016), and is currently a professor at Columbia University. He has held visiting positions at MIT, ETH Zürich, Princeton University, and Cambridge University.
Contributions to mathematics
Simon Brendle has solved major open problems regarding the Yamabe equation in conformal geometry. This includes his counterexamples to the compactness conjecture for the Yamabe problem, and the proof of the convergence of the Yamabe flow in all dimensions (conjectured by Richard Hamilton). In 2007, he proved the differentiable sphere theorem (joint with Richard Schoen), a longstanding problem in global differential geometry. In 2012, he proved the Hsiang–Lawson's conjecture. He has also worked on singularity formation in the mean curvature flow and Ricci flow, solving a question concerning the uniqueness of self-similar solutions to the Ricci flow which arose in the context of Grigori Perelman's work.
For his contributions to differential geometry he was awarded an EMS Prize in 2012. He delivered the 2012 Euler Lecture and the 2011 Takagi Lectures, and he was an invited speaker at the ICM 2006 in Madrid. He received an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship in 2006. In December 2013, he was named as the recipient of the Bôcher Prize of the American Mathematical Society. In 2017, he received a Simons Investigator Award.