The Association for Women in Mathematics and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics are pleased to announce that Vivette Girault, Professor Emeritus at Sorbonne Université, CNRS, Laboratoire Jacques-Louis Lions, Paris, France, has been named the 2021 Sonia Kovalevsky Lecturer. Professor Girault will be honored for the award at the SIAM Annual Meeting in Spokane, WA, to be held in hybrid or virtual format, July 19 - 23, 2021, where she will deliver the lecture “From linear poroelasticity to nonlinear implicit elastic and related models.''
Sonia Kovalevsky (1850-1891) was the most widely known Russian mathematician of the late 19th century. In 1874, she received her Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Gottingen and was appointed lecturer at the University of Stockholm in 1883. Kovalevsky did her most important work in the theory of differential equations. AWM and SIAM established the annual Sonia Kovalevsky Lecture to highlight significant contributions of women to applied or computational mathematics.