Professor Peter Olver

Peter J. Olver received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1976 under the guidance of Prof. Garrett Birkhoff. He has been a professor in the School of Mathematics of the University of Minnesota since 1980, and a full professor since 1985. As of July, 2008, he is serving as the Department Head. He has supervised 19 Ph.D. students to date, with 3 more currently supervised, as well as serving as the mentor to 18 postdocs and visiting scholars.

His research interests revolve around the applications of symmetry and Lie groups to differential equations. Over the years, he has worked in computer vision, fluid mechanics, elasticity, quantum mechanics, mathematical physics, Hamiltonian mechanics, the calculus of variations, differential geometry, classical invariant theory, and geometric numerical methods. He is the author of over 130 papers in refereed journals, and was named a "Highly Cited Researcher'' by Thomson-ISI in 2003. His research has received continuous NSF funding since 1981. He has also written 5 books, including the definitive text on applications of Lie groups to differential equations, which was published in 1986, translated into Russian, and also republished in China. His most recent book is an undergraduate text on partial differential equations, published by Springer in 2014.