Smale
has had a long and distinguished
career as a mathematician.
He won the Fields Medal in 1966.
"His proof in the early 1960s of the Poincaré Conjecture for dimensions bigger or equal to 5 is one of the great mathematical achievements of the 20th century." Wolf
Prize Press Release, 2007
"...
four decades of pioneering work on basic research questions which have
led to major advances in pure and applied mathematics."National
Medal of Science, 1996
"... for his contributions to various aspects of differential topology." Veblen
Prize, AMS, 1966
The NCB thanks Lenore Blum for her photograph of Smale taken at the City University of Hong Kong for the cover of the Mathematical Intelligencer, Spring, 1998. The cover story featured Smale's list of the "Problems for the Next Century" inspired in part by Hilbert's list of 1900. Steve
Batterson, Stephen Smale: The
Mathematician Who Broke the Dimension Barrier, AMS, 2000.
