Panos Kevrekidis was recently awarded the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award from the

Alexander von Humboldt Foundation of Germany for his outstanding research accomplishments.

He is one of only 20 researchers worldwide to receive the honor this year. The award, valued at

€45,000 or about $49,000, includes the invitation to spend up to a year on long-term research

projects with specialist colleagues of Panos’s choice in Germany.

Panos, whose work straddles mathematics and physics, says he hopes to spend a total of perhaps

12 months in three-month segments starting next year with researchers at the universities of

Heidelberg and Hamburg. There he plans to collaborate with experimental and theoretical groups

in physics, especially atomic physics and nonlinear optics, and to use the applied mathematical

tools and techniques his group is developing to address relevant physical problems of interest to

these groups.

Panos is one of UMass Amherst’s most often recognized research scholars. In 2014 the activity

group on dynamical systems of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics awarded him

its coveted John David Crawford Prize for “contributions to our understanding of localized

solutions of nonlinear wave equations and for developing these for a variety of applications in

nonlinear optics and condensed matter physics including Bose Einstein condensates and granular

crystals.” In the same year, the Academy of Athens, Greece awarded him its Aristides F. Pallas

Prize for his paper on “Nonlinear Waves in Lattices: Past, Present, Future,” a review that

included the mathematical analysis of dynamical models associated with optical waveguide

arrays and granular crystal structures.

The Humboldt Foundation, named after the 19 th century geographer, naturalist and explorer,

promotes “academic cooperation between excellent scientists and scholars from abroad and from

Germany.”

Additional information on this prestigious award are available at https://www.umass.edu/newsoffice/article/umass-amherst-mathematician-wins