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Jerry BonaJerry Bona in 2006 Born February 5, 1945
Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
Nationality American Fields Mathematics Institutions University of Chicago
The Pennsylvania State University
University of Illinois at Chicago
Alma mater Harvard University Doctoral advisor Garrett Birkhoff Doctoral students Bradley Lucier
Bona received his PhD in 1971 from Harvard University under supervision of Garrett Birkhoff and worked from 1970 to 1972 at the Fluid Mechanics Research Institute University of Essex, where along with Brooke Benjamin and J. J. Mahony, he published on Model Equations for Long Waves in Non-linear Dispersive Systems, known as Benjamin–Bona–Mahony equation. He is probably best known for his statement about equivalent statements of the Axiom of Choice: “The Axiom of Choice is obviously true, the Well–ordering theorem is obviously false; and who can tell about Zorn’s Lemma?"
Jerry Bona has worked at University of Chicago, Pennsylvania State University, University of Texas at Austin and is a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society. In 2013 he became a fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.
- with S. M. Sun and Bing-Yu Zhang: "A non-homogeneous boundary-value problem for the Korteweg-de Vries equation in a quarter plane". Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 354 (2): 427–490. 2002. MR 1862556.
- E. Schechter, Handbook of Analysis and its Foundation. Acad. Press, 1997
- List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2012-11-10.