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Yvonne Choquet-Bruhat

Contributions
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Important Contributions:

She applied fundamental mathematical results to provide a firm basis for the solutions of the classical field equations of physics, most importantly those of general relativity and other theories of gravitation, supergravity, and the non-Abelian gauge theories of the standard model.

Some Important Publications:

"Theoreme d'Existence pour Certains Systemes d'Equations aux Derivees Partielles non Lineaires," Acta Mathematica, 88: 141 (1952)

"Theoremes d'Existence en Mecanique des Fluides Relativistes," Bulletin de la Soc. Math. de France, 86: 155 (1958)

"Ondes Asymptotiques et Approchees pour des Systemes d'Equations aux Derivees Partielles non Lineaires," J. Maths. Pures et App. 48: 117 (1969)

"Global Solutions of the Problem of Constraints on a Closed Manifold," Symposia Matematica, (in the series Pubblicazione dell'Istituto Nazionale di Alta Matematica) 12: 317 (1973)

"Existence of Global Solutions of the Yang-Mills, Higgs, and Spinor Field Equations in 3+1 Dimensions," (with D. Christodoulou) Ann. E.N.S. 4th Series 14: 481 (1981)


"Causalite des Theories de Supergravite," Societe Mathematique de France, Asterisque 79-93 (1984)


An important text and reference book:

Analysis, Manifolds and Physics   (co-authored with C. DeWitt-Morette and M. Dillard-Bleick), North Holland Publishing Co., Amsterdam 1977 (revised edition 1982) ; 2 volumes.

Honors:

Médaille d'Argent du Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, 1958
Prix Henri de Parville of the Academie des Sciences, 1963
Member, Académie des Sciences, Paris (elected 1979)
Elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences 1985
Commandeur de la Légion d'honneur, 1997

Jobs/Positions:

1949-51 Research Assistant/Associate, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique
1951-52 Member, Institute for Advance Study, Princeton
1953-58 Professor, Faculte des Sciences de Marseille
1958-59 Professor, Universite de Reims
1960-    Professeur Titulaire, Faculte des Sciences de Paris and l'Universite Pierre et Marie Curie

Education:

Agrégée de mathématiques, Ecole normale supérieure de Sèvres 1946
Docteur ès sciences, Ecole normale supérieure de Sèvres 1951

Sources and References consulted:

Professor Yvonne Choquet-Bruhat, Professor Stanley Deser, [wwf1995], Association for Women in Mathematics Website

Additional Information/Comments:

She has more than 190 published papers on mathematics and mathematical physics.

Her father, Georges Bruhat, was professor of physics at the Sorbonne.

Married to Gustave Choquet with whom she has two children, Geneviève and Daniel; and a third from a previous marriage, Michelle Fourès.

Her recreations include walking and cycling.

Field Editor: Professor Stanley Deser

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