James W. York

Physicist, Person

1939 –

37

Who is James W. York?

James W. York, Jr. is an American mathematical physicist who contributed to the theory of general relativity. In any physical theory, it is important to understand when solutions to the fundamental field equation exist, and answering this question has been a theme of York's scientific work, with Yvonne Choquet-Bruhat, of formulating the Einstein field equation as a well-posed system in the sense of the theory of partial differential equations.

York earned his B.Sc. in 1962 and his Ph.D. in 1966 from North Carolina State University.

York used conformal geometry in the initial value problem, and introduced concepts now called the York curvature and York time.

York is a recipient of the Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics from the American Physical Society, where he is a Fellow.

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Born
Jul 3, 1939
Raleigh
Also known as
  • James York
Nationality
  • United States of America
Profession
Education
  • North Carolina State University

Submitted
on July 23, 2013

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