MacArthur Fellows Program

Charles S. Peskin

Mathematician and Physiologist | Class of February 1983

Mathematician and Physiologist
New York, New York
37 at time of award
Published February 1, 1983

About Charle's Work

Charles Peskin is a physiologist who uses mathematics and computing to study the normal and pathological function of living systems.

Peskin’s principal research effort is the computer solution of equations that describe the flow of blood in the heart.  Such calculations are useful in the design of prosthetic heart valves.  With his students and colleagues, Peskin also has worked on mathematical models of such systems as the inner ear, arterial pulse, blood clotting, congenital heart disease, light adaptation in the retina, control of ovulation number, control of plasmid replication, molecular dynamics, and molecular motors.  He is the author of Mathematical Aspects of Heart Physiology (1975) and Partial Differential Equations in Biology (1976), and co-author of Mathematics in Medicine and the Life Sciences (1992), and Modeling and Simulation in Medicine and the Life Sciences (2d ed., 2002).


Peskin is a professor of mathematics and of neural science at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York University.  He is the author of numerous articles in such publications as the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences USA and Acta Numerica.

Peskin received an A.B. (1968) from Harvard University and a Ph.D. (1972) from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Yeshiva University.

Last updated January 1, 2005.

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