Providence, RI---Gennadi Henkin of the University of Paris VI has been awarded the 2011 Stefan Bergman Prize, the American Mathematical Society announced today. The prize consists of one year's income from the Stefan Bergman Trust, which was US$24,000 for 2011.
Henkin is honored for "fundamental contributions to the theory of functions on complex manifolds, integral representations in several complex variables, and the multidimensional Cauchy-Riemann equations," the prize citation says. He has more than 130 publications in various areas, including complex and functional analysis, mathematical economics and evolution equations, integral geometry, and inverse problems.
Born in Moscow in 1942, Henkin received the Ph.D. degree in 1967 and the Doctor of Sciences in Physics and Mathematics degree in 1973, both from Moscow State University. He has been a professor of mathematics at the University Paris VI since 1991 and a leading scientific researcher at the Central Economical Mathematical Institute of Russian Academy of Sciences since 1973. In 1992, he was awarded the Kondratiev Prize of Russian Academy of Sciences in Mathematical Economics, for works on Shumpeterian dynamics and nonlinear wave theory.
Established in 1988, the Bergman Prize honors the memory of Stefan Bergman, who was best known for his research in several complex variables, as well as the Bergman projection and the Bergman kernel function that bear his name. A native of Poland, he taught at Stanford University for many years and died in 1977 at the age of 82. He was an AMS member for 35 years. When his wife died, the terms of her will stipulated that funds should go toward a special prize in her husband's honor. On behalf of Wells Fargo Bank of California, the manager of the Bergman Trust, the AMS assembles committees to select recipients of the prize.
Founded in 1888 to further mathematical research and scholarship, today the more than 30,000 member American Mathematical Society fulfills its mission through programs and services that promote mathematical research and its uses, strengthen mathematical education, and foster awareness and appreciation of mathematics and its connections to other disciplines and to everyday life.