Nonlinear waves are ubiquitous throughout the natural world. Some examples are ocean waves, solar wind, vibrational waves in materials, and laser beams. These disparate kinds of phenomena can be described by mathematical models that are based on hyperbolic, elliptic and dispersive partial differential equations and that are surprisingly similar to each other. My research is devoted to understanding the fundamental underlying features of these models and their relationships to physical phenomena.
Strauss received a Ph.D. in Mathematics from M.I.T. in 1962. After an N.S.F. postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Paris and three years at Stanford University, he joined the Department of Mathematics at Brown in 1966 and subsequently the Division of Applied Mathematics. He chaired the Department of Mathematics during the periods 1989-92 and 2000-2001. He has received Fulbright and Guggenheim Fellowships and an Institut Henri Poincare Prize and he is a Fellow of the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics. He has visited, for a semester or more, each of the following: C.U.N.Y., U. of Paris, U. of Tokyo, M.I.T., U. of Maryland, Yunnan U., Courant Institute (NYU), U. of Houston, Inst. H. Poincare (Paris), Duke U. and the Mittag-Leffler Institute (Sweden). He was the Editor-in-Chief of the SIAM Journal on Mathematical Analysis during 2000-2007.
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