Dr. Roger E. Howe is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Mathematics at Yale University, where his work focuses on representation theory and other applications of symmetry, including harmonic analysis, automorphic forms, and invariant theory. He first introduced the concept of the reductive dual pair—often referred to as a “Howe pair”—in a preprint during the 1970s and a formal paper in 1989. This and other significant contributions to mathematics earned him a membership in the National Academy of Sciences in 1994. He is also a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
As a teacher, Howe has championed national initiatives to advance math education, serving on several prominent national panels and committees. In 1997, Yale presented him with the Yale College/Dylan Hixon ’88 Prize for Teaching Excellence in the National Sciences. In 2006, he received the American Mathematical Society Award for Distinguished Public Service for his ‘multifaceted contributions to mathematics education.” He became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society in 2012.
Dr. Howe did his undergraduate work at Harvard University, winning the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition in 1964. He was awarded the Ph.D. from University of California, Berkeley in 1969. He joined the Yale faculty in 1974, serving as the mathematics department’s director of graduate studies in 1982-83 and 1986-87, and as department chair from 1992-95. As a TIAS Fellow, he will collaborate with faculty and students in the College of Education & Human Development’s Department of Teaching, Learning & Culture.