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Illinois mathematician elected fellow of AAAS

1/11/2011 | Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor | 217-244-1073;

[ Email | Share ] CHAMPAIGN,Ill. — A University of Illinois mathematician has been elected a 2011 Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Donald Burkholder, an emeritus professor of mathematics, will be among 503 new fellows honored by their peers at the AAAS annual meeting in February. Burkholder was cited for “distinguished contributions to probability theory, particularly the theory of martingales, and his work in stochastic processes, functional analysis, and Fourier analysis.”

“We are proud of all that professor Burkholder has accomplished in his illustrious career at Illinois,” said Robert A. Easter, interim chancellor of the Urbana campus. “Such scholarship is what marks Illinois as a leader in mathematics, science and engineering.”

Burkholder has served on the Council of the American Mathematical Society and on the board of trustees of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute. He is a fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Sciences.

The American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society, was founded in 1848. Fellows are chosen by their peers for their outstanding contributions to the field, a tradition since 1874.

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