Prof. Michael Aizenman Honorary Doctor Technion

Prof. Michael Aizenman Honorary Doctor Technion


Professor Michael Aizenman is a
paramount figure in the fields of mathematical physics statistical
mechanics functional analysis and probability theory his seminal
contributions have shaped many of the most important developments in
mathematical physics over the last 40 years
he received his BSC in physics and mathematics at Hebrew University and a
PhD in physics at Yeshiva University in New York he went on to teaching
positions at Princeton University Rutgers University and the Courant
Institute before returning to Princeton as a full professor in mathematics and
physics in 1990 for over 10 years professor Aizenman was editor in chief for the
leading journal communications in mathematical physics and has served on
the editorial boards of other publications he is a popular guest
lecturer and has held concurrent visiting professorships at a number of
universities worldwide never losing his deep connection to Israel and Israeli
research he has been a frequent visitor to Technion where he chaired a faculty
of physics review committee professor Aizenman has been awarded numerous
prizes including the Dannie Heineman prize for mathematical physics the
Norbert Wiener award the Brouwer medal and the Guido Stampacchia prize and is a
member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of
Arts and Sciences what I find amazing is that there is no area of mathematics
which does not relate to physics since early stages in my career I’ve been
interested in pursuing dual track of physics and mathematics and I think try
to string simultaneously from both perspectives these are to some extent
different languages and different perspectives but if you manage to write
the two you get to see much further I arrived in Israel in 1957 accompanied by
my brother and father my mother has died two years earlier in Poland on the boat
I recall we were swept into celebrations of Israel’s ninth birthday
after a year in a kibbutz I was called to Jerusalem where our family got
reunited expanded there is one relation which I
need to mention on this occasion way back I showed many hours of studying and
discussing physics with the Gidon Cain at the time both of us studying towards the
master’s degree being much impressed with each other we jokingly made a pact
that whoever lands a big honor would mention those salad days Gidi started on
a promising path but his life was cut short in the Yom Kippur War of 1973 in
which we both participated though on different fronts I would like to keep my
word and salute his memory Technion is the prime Institute of technical
research and education in Israel and among the few world leading institutions
of its kind thus receiving the honorary degree from the Technion is an
especially meaningful embrace and a deep honor for me thank you

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