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Ken Golden



Nationality  United States 
Alma mater  Dartmouth College New York University 
Known for  "Indiana Jones of Mathematics" 
Awards 

Scientific career  
Fields  Applied mathematics Geomathematics 
Institutions  Rutgers University Princeton University University of Utah 
Thesis  Bounds for Effective Parameters of Multicomponent Media by Analytic Continuation (1984) 
Doctoral advisor  George C. Papanicolaou 
Influences  Jay Zwally Stephen F. Ackley 
Kenneth "Ken" Morgan Golden is an American applied mathematician and Distinguished Professor at the University of Utah. He is recognized as the "Indiana Jones of Mathematics" for his work in polar climate modeling and has traveled to the polar regions eighteen times, in total, to study sea ice.
Biography
Golden first became interested in sea ice in his senior year of high school while working on a project studying passive microwave images of Antarctic sea ice at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. He enrolled in Dartmouth College so that he could work at the Cold Regions Research and Engineering Laboratory with Stephen F. Ackley. He graduated from Dartmouth in 1980 with his bachelor's degree in mathematics and physics, and enrolled in the PhD program at the NYU Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences. He received his PhD in 1984 and then worked as a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow in mathematical physics at Rutgers University and as an assistant professor of mathematics at Princeton University. He joined the Department of Mathematics at the University of Utah in 1991. In 2012 he became one of the inaugural fellows of the American Mathematical Society. Golden's research focuses on modeling sea ice and its role in the climate system using theories of composite materials and statistical physics.