Mathematician Caffarelli receives highest distinction

Luis Caffarelli, the Sid W. Richardson Foundation Regents' Chair in Mathematics Number One, has received the 2009 Leroy P. Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement from the American Mathematical Society (AMS). The award is one of the highest distinctions in mathematics. The award citation describes Caffarelli as "one of the world's greatest mathematicians studying nonlinear partial differential equations." He is considered the greatest authority on "regularity theory."