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Arlie Petters
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Born
Arlie Oswald Petters

February 8, 1964 (1964-02-08) (age 57)
Dangriga, Belize
(formerly Stann Creek Town, British Honduras)
Alma mater Hunter College
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Known for Mathematical theory of gravitational lensing
Awards Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship
NSF CAREER Award
Blackwell-Tapia 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 Belizean-American 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 (2016-2019).

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