Cherednik named Simons Fellow in Mathematics

Ivan Cherednik, a mathematics professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, is the recipient of a 2013 Simons Fellowship in Mathematics.

The Simons Foundation, based in New York City, funds a variety of programs that advance research in mathematics and the basic sciences.  Fellows are selected by a committee of distinguished scientists.

Cherednik is the Austin M. Carr Distinguished Professor of Mathematics in UNC’s College of Arts and Sciences.

He has been a member of the Carolina faculty since 1992. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in calculus, differential equations and special functions. He is the recipient of a 1998 Guggenheim Fellowship.

Cherednik spent the spring 2012 semester as Fulbright-Israel Distinguished Chair in Natural Sciences and Engineering at the Einstein Institute of Mathematics at Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

He has conducted path-breaking work on Hecke algebras and made important contributions to a number of fields, including number theory, soliton theory, theory of knots and harmonic analysis. He is the author of “Basic Methods of Soliton Theory,” a book that details mathematical methods in the theory of two-dimensional differential equations.

Cherednik received doctorate degrees in physics and math from Moscow State University and the Steklov Mathematical Institute at the Russian Academy of Sciences.