Kathryn Hare named CMS Fellow

Tuesday, June 30, 2020

The Canadian Mathematical Society (CMS) has recognized Professor Kathryn Hare as part of the Third Inaugural Class of Fellows.

One of nine women named a CMS Fellow, Hare has been a faculty member in the Department of Pure Mathematics since 1988. Since that time, she has received several honours and awards including:

  • Outstanding Performance Award, 2019, 2016, 2012
  • Honourary Doctorate of Technology, Chalmers University of Technology, 2011
  • Female Guest Professor, Sweden, 2000-2001
  • AMS Featured Review, 1995
  • I.W. Killam Predoctoral Fellowship, 1985-86
  • NSERC Postgraduate Scholarship, 1983-85

“Kathryn is a supremely dedicated researcher and teacher, and her level of service with the University of Waterloo, CMS and the Ontario Graduate Scholarship Panel is outstanding,” said David McKinnon, chair of the Department of Pure Mathematics. “I’m extremely pleased that the CMS is recognizing her long list of achievements and contributions in this way. Congratulations, Kathryn!”

A long-time member of CMS, Hare has chaired their Women in Math Committee, their Endowment Funds Committee, their Task Force on Support of Mathematical Communities, as well as being Vice President from 2003-2005. She was also chair of the pure mathematics department from 2014-2018.

Hare’s research interests lie in the fields of harmonic analysis and fractal geometry and has been lauded “for her prominent research, both in extent and depth, within classical and abstract harmonic analysis,” by Chalmers University. Recently, her research has focused on the properties of self-similar measures, as well as on intermediate dimension results. Her research in the area of self-similar measures has helped to provide the structure and framework for many different types of results, and has dramatically pushed the research area forward. Her work resulted in multiple publications in this area in very strong journals, and has been very well received by the academic community. The work on intermediate dimension results is equally ground breaking, opening up new avenues for research. 

One of Hare’s often discussed talents is her ability to make problems accessible for undergraduate and graduate students. An excellent teacher, Hare has supervised multiple undergraduate research award winners, including a Morgan Prize winner, Karen Yeats, now a faculty member in the Department of Combinatorics and Optimization. Most recently, Alex Rutar, a Pure Math Undergraduate Research Prize winner, and Rosie Shen, the 2020 Jessie W.H. Zou Memorial Award winner, both worked on projects with Hare and Kevin Hare.

Previously, Professors Kenneth Davidson and Cameron Stewart, were recognized as CMS Fellows. The CMS instituted the Fellows Program to recognize mathematicians who have made very significant contributions to mathematical research, teaching, or exposition, as well as having distinguished themselves in service to Canada’s mathematical community.