Dear Friends,
Today, in our series honoring women on the eighth of every month, we would like to bring to your attention Karen Keskulla Uhlenbeck. She is a role model for everyone, especially young girls and women who are interested in mathematics!
Karen Keskulla Uhlenbeck
First Woman to win the Abel Prize for Math
“We were told that we couldn’t do math because we were women,”
she wrote in a 1996 essay. “[But] I liked doing what I wasn’t
supposed to do. It was a sort of legitimate rebellion.”
Karen Keskulla Ulenbeck is the first woman to win the Abel Prize for Mathematics. She won this year, 2019, for her work in geometric partial differential equations, gauge theory and integrable systems. Her work fundamentally impacted analysis, geometry and mathematical physics.
Ulenbeck was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on August 24, 1942. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1964 from the University of Michigan, her Masters degree at Brandeis University in 1966 and her PH.D. in 1968. 
She is currently a professor emeritus at the University of Texas at Austin, a visiting associate at the institute for Advanced Study and a visiting senior research scholar at Princeton University.
The Abel Prize is a Norwegian prize awarded annually by the King of Norway to one or more outstanding mathematicians. It is named after Norwegian mathematician Niels Henrik Abel (1802-1829) and directly modeled after the Nobel Prizes.