Dr. Leslie F. Greengard is an American mathematician, physicist and computer scientist. He is co-inventor of the fast multipole method (FMM) in 1987, recognized as one of the top-ten algorithms of the 20th century.
Leslie Greengard was born in London, England, but grew up in the United States: in New York City, Boston, and New Haven. He holds a B.A. in mathematics from Wesleyan University (1979), an M.D. from the Yale School of Medicine (1987), and a Ph.D. in computer science from Yale University (1987).
Greengard has been the director of the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, an independent division of the New York University (NYU) and is currently a professor of mathematics and computer science at Courant. He is also a professor at New York University Tandon School of Engineering and the director of the Simons Center for Data Analysis.
He is the son of Paul Greengard and the nephew of actress Irene Kane, later known as Chris Chase, a writer and journalist.
Awards and honors
- 2016, fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
- 2014, Von Neumann Lecture, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
- 2011, Wilbur Cross Medal
- 2010, Plenary Speaker, SIAM Annual Meeting
- 2010, "National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellowship", from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD)
- 2006, elected to the U.S. National Academy of Engineering
- 2006, elected to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences
- 2005, Plenary Speaker, 2nd National Congress on Applied and Industrial Mathematics (France)
- 2004, "Margaret and Herman Sokol Faculty Award in the Sciences" from the New York University
- 2001, Leroy P. Steele Prize for Seminal Contribution to Research from the American Mathematical Society (together with Vladimir Rokhlin), for their paper describing a new algorithm: the fast multipole method (FMM)
- 2000, Plenary Speaker, SIAM Conference on Computational Science & Engineering
- 1999, Plenary Speaker, International Congress on Industrial and Applied Mathematics
- 1998, Invited Speaker, International Congress of Mathematicians
- 1990, "Fellowship for Science and Engineering" from the Packard Foundation
- 1990, Presidential Young Investigator Award from the National Science Foundation
- 1987–1989, "Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowship" from the National Science Foundation
- 1987, Council of Graduate Schools/University Microfilms International Distinguished Dissertation Award, for his PhD. dissertation "The Rapid Evaluation of Potential Fields in Particle Systems"
- 1987, "Doctoral Dissertation Award", Series Winner from the Association for Computing Machinery
- 1987, Sandoz Thesis Award from the Yale School of Medicine
- 1979–1986, Public Health Service – National Research Service Award Medical Scientist Training Program