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Born 
Arlie Oswald Petters
February 8, 1964 
Alma mater  Hunter College Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
Known for  Mathematical theory of gravitational lensing 
Awards  Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship NSF CAREER Award BlackwellTapia Prize Most Excellent Order of the British Empire 
Scientific career  
Doctoral advisors  Bertram Kostant David Spergel 
Arlie Oswald Petters, MBE (born February 8, 1964) is a BelizeanAmerican mathematical physicist, who is the Benjamin Powell Professor of Mathematics and a Professor of Physics and Economics at Duke University. Petters will become the Provost at New York University Abu Dhabi effective September 1, 2020. Petters is a founder of mathematical astronomy, focusing on problems connected to the interplay of gravity and light and employing tools from astrophysics, cosmology, general relativity, high energy physics, differential geometry, singularities, and probability theory. His monograph "Singularity Theory and Gravitational Lensing" developed a mathematical theory of gravitational lensing. Petters was also the dean of academic affairs for Trinity College of Arts and Sciences and associate vice provost for undergraduate education at Duke University (20162019).