Avner Friedman
Distinguished University Professor
Department of Mathematics

The Ohio State University
(PhD, Hebrew University)

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Office: MW 532
Phone: (614) 292-5795 (direct)
Fax: (614) 247-6643
Email: afriedman@math.ohio-state.edu

Short Bio: Avner Friedman was a Distinguished University Professor and is now an Academy Professor at The Ohio State University. Dr. Friedman founded the Mathematical and Biosciences Institute at The Ohio State University in 2002 and served as its first director.

He received his Ph.D. degree in 1956 from the Hebrew University and taught at Kansas University, Indiana University, the University of California at Berkeley, the University of Minnesota, and Stanford University.

In 1962, he came to Northwestern University, where he later served as the Noyes Professor of Mathematics until 1985. He was a Duncan Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at Purdue University from 1985 to 1987.

In 1987, he moved back to the University of Minnesota to serve as the Director of Institute for Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), which was devoted to bridging the gap between mathematical theory and its applications and between academia and industry. He served in this position until 1997. From 1994 to 2001 he was also the Director of the Minnesota Center for Industrial Mathematics, and in 1996 he became a Regents Professor at the University of Minnesota.

In 2001, Dr. Friedman moved to The Ohio State University as a Distinguished Professor of Mathematical and Physical Sciences. There, he established the Mathematical Biosciences Institute (MBI) and served as its founding Director from 2002 to 2008. He became a Distinguished University Professor in 2007.

Dr. Friedman's research interests include partial differential equations, stochastic processes, free boundary problems, control theory, and mathematical biology. He has published 25 books and over 540 research papers. He has served on numerous editorial boards.

Dr. Friedman was the Chair of the Board of Mathematical Sciences (1994-1997) and the President of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (1993-1994). Dr. Friedman has been awarded the Sloan Fellowship (1962-65), the Guggenheim Fellowship (1966-67), the Stampacchia Prize (1982), and the National Science Foundation Special Creativity Award (1983-85; 1991-93).

Dr. Friedman is a Fellow of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences (since 1987) and a member of the National Academy of Sciences (since 1993).