Chair of Mathematics
Nalini Anantharaman is a French mathematician who has won major prizes including the Henri Poincaré Prize in 2012. She attended the Ecole Normale Supérieure and the Ecole Polytechnique and completed her Ph.D in University of Paris 6 under the supervision of Francois Ledrappier in 2000. She served as lecturer in Lyon and Paris, and was Visiting Miller Professor at the University of California in Berkeley in 2008. In 2009 she became a full Professor, at the University of Paris-Sud, Orsay. From January to June 2013 she was at the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study. In 2014-2016 she is chair at USIAS and member of the Institut de la Recherche Mathematique Avancé (IRMA)
Professor Anantharaman’s research interests are concentrated in Analysis and Mathematical Physics, including Quantum Mechanics. Currently she is studying the mathematics associated with wave propagation, with applications in fibre optics. She is Vice-President of the Société Mathématique de France. In 2011 she was awarded the Salem Prize for work associated with the Fourier Series, and the Prix Jacques Herbrand from the French Academy of Sciences. In 2012 she was awarded the Henri Poincaré Prize for mathematical physics that she shared with Freeman Dyson, Barry Simon and Sylvia Serfaty, « for her original contributions to the area of quantum chaos, dynamical systems and Schrödinger equations, including a remarkable advance in the problem of quantum unique ergodicity ». In 2013 she was awarded the Médaille d’Argent of the CNRS.