Elliott H Lieb

Basic Sciences
Basic Sciences
Elliott H Lieb speaking at the Kyoto Prize

Elliott H Lieb is one of the foremost mathematical physicists of his generation, and a significant contributor to our understanding of the stability of matter. From the study of rapid electrical interactions in atoms and molecules to the gradual collapse of stars, his work in both classical and quantum mechanics has left a lasting influence. He established a foundation for mathematical research in fields such as physics, chemistry, and quantum information science using many-body physics, while also making significant contributions to mathematical analysis.

Elliott received his B.Sc. in physics from MIT in 1953 and his Ph.D. in 1956 at the University of Birmingham (UK) in mathematical physics. His many honours include the Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics from the APS and the AIP, the Birkhoff Prize in Applied Math of the AMS and SIAM, and the Max Planck Medal of the German Physical Society. Elliott holds Honorary Doctorates from the Universities of Copenhagen, Lausanne, Birmingham in the UK and Munich. He is a Fellow of the AMS and the APS, a member of the US National Academy of Sciences and several academies including the Royal Society, and the Academia Europaea. In 2022 he received the American Physical Society Medal for Exceptional Achievement in Research.