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
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