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Sylvia Serfaty (born 1975)[1] is a French mathematician working in the United States. She won the 2004 EMS Prize for her contributions to the Ginzburg–Landau theory, the Henri Poincaré Prize in 2012, and the Mergier–Bourdeix Prize [fr] of the French Academy of Sciences in 2013.[2]

Sylvia Serfaty
Sylvia Serfaty ICM2018 (43088130934).jpg
Serfaty at the ICM 2018
Born1975 (1975)
Alma materParis-Sud 11 University
Scientific career
InstitutionsNew York University
Doctoral advisorFabrice Bethuel

Early life and education

Serfaty was born and raised in Paris.[3] She was interested in mathematics since high school.

Serfaty earned her doctorate from Paris-Sud 11 University in 1999, under supervision of Fabrice Bethuel.[4] She then held a teaching position (agrégé préparateur) at the École Normale Supérieure de Cachan. Since 2007 she has held a professorship at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences of NYU.


Serfaty's research is part of the field of partial differential equations and mathematical physics. Her work particularly focuses on the Ginzburg-Landau model of superconductivity and quantum vortexes in the Ginzburg–Landau theory. She has also worked on the statistical mechanics of Coulomb-type systems.

In 2007 she published a book on the Ginzburg-Landau theory with Étienne Sandier, Vortices in the Magnetic Ginzburg-Landau Model .[5]She was an invited plenary speaker at the 2018 International Congress of Mathematicians.[6]

She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2019.[7]

She is one of the editors-in-chief of the scientific journal Probability and Mathematical Physics.[8]



  1. ^ Birth year from ISNI authority control file, retrieved 2018-12-02.
  2. ^ Sylvia Serfaty de nouveau couronnée avec le grand prix Mergier-Bourdeix de l'Académie des Sciences (in French), UPMC, July 12, 2013, archived from the original on 2013-09-01, retrieved 2017-04-04
  3. ^ a b c "Sylvia Serfaty on Mathematical Truth and Frustration". Quanta Magazine. Retrieved 2020-05-02.
  4. ^ Sylvia Serfaty at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  5. ^ Roberts, Siobhan (February 21, 2017), "In Mathematics, 'You Cannot Be Lied To': For Sylvia Serfaty, mathematics is all about truth and beauty and building scientific and human connections", Quanta Magazine.
  6. ^ "Plenary lectures", ICM 2018, archived from the original on 2018-12-29, retrieved 2018-08-08
  7. ^ "New 2019 Academy Members Announced". American Academy of Arts and Sciences. April 17, 2019.
  8. ^ "Probability and Mathematical Physics". Retrieved 2020-05-02.

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