Mihai Putinar has graduated in 1983 from the University of Bucharest, Romania, with a PhD thesis devoted to "Multivariate Spectral Theory", having as advisor the late geometer Constantin Banica. He has worked until 1990 at the National Institute for Scientific Creation (INCREST), Bucharest, and then he has remained affiliated as a honorary member with the Institute of Mathematics of the Romanian Academy. He is currently Professor of Mathematics at the University of California at Santa Barbara; he was with University of California since 1991. The main mathematical interests of Putinar are at the interface between complex geometry, operator theory and approximation theory, although his collaborations extend to control theory, optimization theory and mathematical physics. He has published two monographs, has edited a half-dozen books and has authored more than 150 research articles. He has received the Simion Stoilow prize of the Romanian Academy, he held a Humboldt Fellowship and numerous research grants from US and European countries.
Biography Updated on 18 October 2012