Roger Temam, College Professor of Mathematics
Described as “among the five best and most influential applied mathematicians alive today,” Temam is credited with defining the domain of discourse in several large areas of applied mathematics, including numerical computation of fluid flows, slow dynamics and inertial manifolds, turbulence theory, and climate modeling. He is regarded as one of the top experts in mathematical models for climatology and a leading expert worldwide in nonlinear partial differential equations and their applications.
Temam’s publication record is ranked 24th overall in field strength by Microsoft Academic Search, among all mathematicians in all fields, and according to the Harzing’s counting, Temam has been cited over 25,000 times. He is considered the “most prolific advisor in mathematics,” according to the Mathematics Genealogy Project, with 112 Ph.D. students and 407 mathematical descendants, including distinguished mathematicians around the world.
Temam has received the College de France Prix Peccot Award and the Seymour Cray Prize in Numerical Simulation, and in 2012 he was knighted with a Légion d’Honneur in France. He has been named Honorary Professor by Fudan University, Xi’an Jiaotong University and Lanzhou University in China; and has been elected Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Mathematical Society. The French Academy of Sciences has recognized Temam’s work four times: with the Prix Carriére in 1977, with the Grand Prix Alexandre Joannidés in 1993 and 2003, and by naming him a Fellow of the French Academy in 2007.