Max Mason Distinguished Service Professor of Mathematics
Robert Fefferman is the Max Mason Distinguished Service Professor of Mathematics. He was the Dean of the Physical Sciences Division for ten years, from 2003 until 2013. Within mathematics he is an expert in the field of harmonic analysis and its applications to elliptic partial differential equations and its relationship to probability theory. In particular, he is one of the founders of modern multi-parameter Fourier analysis and has lectured around the world on his work.
Fefferman has been a fellow of the Sloan Foundation and in 2009 was elected to membership in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a recipient of the University’s Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and served as Chairman of the Mathematics Department from 1995 to 2001.
For more than twenty years, Fefferman has been active in mathematics outreach, working with Chicago Public School teachers in order to improve the quality of mathematics education for Chicago’s children.
Fefferman received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Maryland in 1972 and his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1975.