Yoichiro Mori Named Calabi-Simons Professor
Yoichiro Mori, who recently joined Penn as Professor of Mathematics and Biology, has been appointed Calabi-Simons Professor in Mathematics and Biology. An expert in mathematical physiology and biophysics, as well as applied and numerical analysis, Mori is an internationally recognized leader in the application of mathematics to important problems in biology and biophysics. After completing medical school at the University of Tokyo, he obtained a Ph.D. in mathematics from New York University. He was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia and a professor at the University of Minnesota for 11 years before joining Penn. He is the recipient of several distinguished fellowships and awards, including the Leslie Fox Prize in Numerical Analysis, the McKnight Land Grant Professorship, and the Sloan Foundation Fellowship.
The Calabi-Simons Professorship in Mathematics and Biology was established jointly by The Simons Foundation and Eugenio and Giuliana Calabi to recruit a faculty member to hold a joint appointment between the Departments of Biology and Mathematics. Eugenio Calabi is a visionary mathematician whose work has had profound implications beyond his own field of complex differential geometry. Calabi has been on the faculty in the Department of Mathematics since 1964 and is the Thomas A. Scott Professor of Mathematics Emeritus. In 2014, he was awarded an honorary Doctor of Sciences from the University of Pennsylvania. The Simons Foundation is a private foundation incorporated in 1994 by Jim and Marilyn Simons. The foundation’s mission is to advance the frontiers of research in mathematics and the basic sciences, and it sponsors a range of programs that aim to promote a deeper understanding of our world.