De Bie Awarded First Clifford Prize (The AMS Notices, 10/2011, p. 1299)


The International Conference on Clifford Algebras and Their Applications in Mathematical Physics (ICCA) has instituted the W. K. Clifford Prize for excellence in research in theoretical and applied Clifford algebras and their analysis and geometry. Hendrik De Bie of Ghent University has been selected as the recipient of the first Clifford Prize for his outstanding mathematical research achievements in the fields of harmonic and Clifford analysis with applications in theoretical physics. He received his Ph.D. from Ghent University with a thesis titled “Harmonic and Clifford analysis in superspace”. According to the prize citation, he has “a beautiful and remarkable publishing record with papers published in both mathematics and in theoretical physics journals. Cooperating with mathematics centers of excellence around the world, he is a real ambassador for mathematics through Clifford algebra and Clifford analysis with special emphasis on applications in theoretical physics.” His chief contribution is an extensive theory of harmonic and Clifford analysis in superspaces involving special functions and group representation theory. Superspaces are, roughly speaking, spaces characterized by commuting and anticommuting variables appearing in supersymmetry, supergravity, superstrings, random matrices, and so forth. He has also worked on Dunkl operators and the Fourier transform, important tools in the engineering sciences. …

Read the full text at The AMS Notices, October 2011, p. 1299.

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