Richard S. Palais, PhD

Richard Palais

Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: University of California Irvine
Location: Irvine, California, United States

Richard S. Palais, PhD, Professor Emeritus of the University of California Irvine, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements and leadership in mathematics.

With more than 50 years of professional experience, Dr. Palais has been recognized as a professor emeritus of the University of California Irvine since 2009. Prior to his retirement, he was a professor at the school from 2004 to 2009. He was previously a professor with Brandeis University from 1960 to 1997. Earlier in his career, Dr. Palais was an instructor with the University of Chicago from 1956 to 1958.

Dr. Palais first pursued an education at Harvard University, where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics in 1952. He continued his studies at the school, completing a Master of Arts in mathematics in 1954. He concluded his education at Harvard University in 1956, earning a PhD in mathematics. Dr. Palais subsequently held a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellowship at the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study from 1963 to 1964 and was a Sloan Foundation research fellow from 1965 to 1967.

A respected voice in his areas of interest, Dr. Palais has been affiliated with a number of professional organizations. He is a member of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute and the U.S. Committee for Mathematics, and was an invited speaker to the U.S.-China Symposium on Differential Geometry and Differential Equations. Dr. Palais is the founding chair of the TEX Users Group and a member of AMS, MAA and AAAS.

Throughout his career, Dr. Palais has been recognized for his contributions. He was the co-winner of the First Prize with Luc Bernard for the NSF Science Magazine Visualization. He has also been featured in numerous honors publications, including multiple editions of Who’s Who in America. Dr. Palais credits much of his success to his students, whom he enjoys mentoring, and he has former students who have won the Nobel Prize and the Abel Prize.

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