James Burton Serrin (1 November 1926, Chicago, Illinois – 23 August 2012, Minneapolis, Minnesota) was an American mathematician, and a professor at University of Minnesota.[1]

James Serrin
Born(1926-11-01)November 1, 1926
Chicago, Illinois
DiedAugust 23, 2012(2012-08-23) (aged 85)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Alma materIndiana University
Known forcontinuum mechanics, non-linear analysis, partial differential equations
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Minnesota
Doctoral advisorDavid Gilbarg



He received his doctorate from Indiana University in 1951 under the supervision of David Gilbarg.[2] From 1954 till 1995 he was on the faculty of the University of Minnesota.[2][3][4]


He is known for his contributions to continuum mechanics, nonlinear analysis,[5] and partial differential equations.[6][7][8]

Awards and honorsEdit

He was elected a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 1980.

Selected worksEdit

  • Serrin, James (1959), "Mathematical principles of classical fluid mechanics", in Flügge, Siegfried; Truesdell, Clifford A., Fluid Dynamics I/Strömungsmechanik I, Handbuch der Physik (Encyclopedia of Physics), VIII/1, Berlin–Heidelberg–New York: Springer-Verlag, pp. 125–263., doi:10.1007/978-3-642-45914-6_2, MR 0108116, Zbl 0102.40503.
  • Serrin, James (1959b), "On the Uniqueness of Compressible Fluid Motions", Archive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis, 3 (1): 271–288, doi:10.1007/BF00284180, ISSN 0003-9527, MR 0106646, Zbl 0089.19103.
  • Serrin, James (1963), "The initial Value problem for the Navier-Stokes equations", in Langer, Rudolph E., Nonlinear problems. Proceedings of a symposium conducted by the Mathematics Research Center, United States Army, at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, April 30-May 2, 1962., Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press, pp. 69–98, MR 0150444, Zbl 0115.08502.


  1. ^ "James B. Serrin Obituary: View James Serrin's Obituary by Star Tribune". Legacy.com. 2012-08-31. Retrieved 2012-12-09.
  2. ^ a b James Serrin at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. ^ P. Pucci, "An Appreciation of James Serrin", in Buttazzo, Giuseppe; Serrin, J. (1998). Nonlinear analysis and continuum mechanics: papers for the 65th birthday of James Serrin. Berlin: Springer. ISBN 0-387-98296-5.
  4. ^ O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F., "James Burton Serrin", MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, University of St Andrews.
  5. ^ Serrin, J. (1964). "Local behavior of solutions of quasi-linear equations". Acta Mathematica. 111: 247–302. doi:10.1007/BF02391014.
  6. ^ "Homepage of James Serrin". Archived from the original on 2012-01-31. Retrieved 2012-01-31.
  7. ^ Serrin, J. (1971). "A symmetry problem in potential theory". Archive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis. 43 (4). doi:10.1007/BF00250468.
  8. ^ Serrin, J. (1962). "On the interior regularity of weak solutions of the Navier-Stokes equations". Archive for Rational Mechanics and Analysis. 9. doi:10.1007/BF00253344.

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