Topic #5 ------------ OP-SF NET 5.1 ------------ January 15, 1998 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ From: Tom KoornwinderSubject: Arno Kuijlaars receives 1998 Popov prize The following is based on a message from Prof. Jaap Korevaar and on the URL http://math.vanderbilt.edu/events/approx.html I congratulate Arno. Tom Koornwinder --------------------------------------------------------- On January 4, 1998 Dr. A.B.J. ("Arno") Kuijlaars received the international Popov prize. The second Vasil A. Popov Prize was awarded at the Ninth Texas International Conference on Approximation Theory held in January 1998 in Nashville, Tennessee. The prize has been established in memory of Vasil A. Popov and his contributions to approximation theory and related areas of mathematics. The prize is awarded every three years for outstanding research contributions in fields related to Vasil Popov's work. Albert Cohen was the first recipient of the Vasil A. Popov Prize awarded in 1995. Eligibility for the current prize was restricted to mathematicians who did not have their terminal degree on June 1, 1991. The winner of the prize was asked to deliver a plenary lecture at the Texas conference. The Selection Committee for the Vasil A. Popov Prize consisted of Charles Chui, Ronald A. DeVore, Paul Nevai, Alan Pinkus, Pencho Petrushev, and Edward Saff. Arno received the prize for his innovating applications of potential theory to various problems from approximation theory. Nowadays this concerns in particular the accurate study of equilibrium distributions on a conductor in the presence of an exterior field; cf. [1]. Kuijlaars obtained his PhD in 1991 at the University of Utrecht on a topic from abstract potential theory, under the guidance of Prof. E.M.J. Bertin. He started with his present, more concrete work as a post-doc at the University of Amsterdam (1992-1995) under the guidance of Prof. J. Korevaar. He also worked for a short period with the well-known approximation theory specialist Prof. E. Saff at the University of South Florida (Tampa), with the numerical analyst Prof. W. Gautschi at Purdue University (Lafayette, Indiana) and with the approximation theory specialist Prof. W. Van Assche in Leuven (Belgium). At the moment he is working at the City University of Hong Kong with Prof. R. Wong. He will soon take up a more permanent position at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. Kuijlaars' current e-mail address is: maarno@math.cityu.edu.hk _________ [1] E.B. Saff and V. Totik, Logarithmic potentials with external fields. Grundlehren der Math. Wissenschaften, vol. 316, Springer, Berlin, 1997.

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