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Peter David Lax
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Peter Lax in Tokyo, 1969
Born 1 May 1926 (1926-05-01) (age 96)
Nationality American
Alma mater Stuyvesant High School
Courant Institute
Known for Lax–Wendroff method
Lax equivalence theorem
Babuška–Lax–Milgram theorem
Lax pairs
Scientific career
Fields Mathematics
Institutions Courant Institute
Thesis Nonlinear System of Hyperbolic Partial Differential Equations in Two Independent Variables (1949)
Doctoral advisor K. O. Friedrichs
Doctoral students
  • Steve Alpern
  • Alexandre Chorin
  • Charles Epstein
  • Ami Harten
  • James (Mac) Hyman
  • George Logemann
  • Jeffrey Rauch
  • Burton Wendroff

Peter David Lax (born 1 May 1926) is an American mathematician. He is known for his works in integrable systems, fluid dynamics and shock waves, solitonic physics, hyperbolic conservation laws, and mathematical and scientific computing, among other fields. Lax is listed as an ISI highly cited researcher.

Lax is of Jewish descent.

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