Professor of Mathematics
Partial Differential Equations, Fourier Analysis
David Jerison received the A.B. from Harvard in 1975, and the Ph.D. from Princeton in 1980 under the direction of Elias Stein. Following an NSF postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Chicago, Professor Jerison joined the MIT mathematics faculty in 1981. His research is focussed on PDEs and Fourier analysis. He served as Chair of the Undergraduate Mathematics Committee, 1988-91, Chair of the Pure Mathematics Committee, 2002-04 and 2009-11, and co-Chair of the Graduate Student Committee 2007-09. In 2017 he was elected by Society members Vice President of the American Mathematical Society, February 2017 to January 2020. Jerison received a Sloan Research Fellowship and a Presidential Young Investigator Award in 1985. He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 1999 and selected as a Margaret MacVicar Faculty Fellow in 2004. In 2012, Jerison was awarded the Bergman Prize in Complex Analysis, with his collaborator Jack Lee. As a member of the Department's edx group (with Gigliola Staffilani, Jennifer French and Karene Chu) David received the inaugural MITx Prize for Teaching and Learning in MOOCs by the MIT Office of Digital. They were honored for significant contributions to MITx MOOC coursework offered on edX.org during the 2016 calendar year. In 2018, David received a Simons Fellowship, and the 2019 a Guggenheim Fellowship.