Leslie Greengard received his B.A. degree in Mathematics from Wesleyan University in 1979, and his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science and M.D. degree from Yale University in 1987. From 1987-1989 he was an NSF Postdoctoral Fellow at Yale University and at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, NYU, where he has been a faculty member since 1989. He was the Director of the Courant Institute from 2006-2011 and is presently the Director of the Center for Computational Mathematics, at the Flatiron Institute, a division of the Simons Foundation. For their work on the Fast Multipole Methods (FMM), he and V. Rokhlin (Yale University) received the Steele Prize from the American Mathematical Society in 2001. In 2000, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers recognized the FMM as one of the top ten algorithms of the twentieth century. He is a member of both the NAS and the NAE.

Research Interests

The primary focus of my work continues to be computational mathematics, especially the solution of the partial differential equations of classical physics (i.e. the equations governing electrostatics, heat conduction, fluid flow, and wave propagation) and the inverse problems that arise in a variety of imaging modalities. Much of my group's effort has been concerned with the development of fast and adaptive algorithms for these problems as they arise in specific applications in materials science, biology, physics and I have also begun working on computational problems arising in structural biology, biophysics, and electrophysiology.

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Section 32: Applied Mathematical Sciences

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Section 29: Biophysics and Computational Biology