About me

This blog is written in honour of Leon Simon, born 6th July 1945. Born in Australia, Leon received a BSc and PhD from the University of Adelaide. His doctoral thesis was titled Interior Gradient Bounds for Non-Uniformly Elliptic Equations. He went on to tutor mathematics from 1968 to 1971 at the same University before holding a variety of other academic positions.

He worked at Flinders University as a lecturer and also at the Australian National University as a professor. He then went on to work at the University of Melbourne, University of Minnesota and ETH Zurich before going to Stanford University in 1973. He started at Stanford as Visiting Assistant Professor and was awarded a full professorship in 1986.

In 1983 Leon was awarded the Australian Mathematical Society Medal. In the same year he was elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science. In 1994, he was awarded the Bôcher Memorial Prize. The Bôcher Prize is awarded every five years to a groundbreaking author in analysis. In the same year he was also elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Ten years ago he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society and just last year he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.