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Hanfeng Li named fellow of American Mathematical Society

Hanfeng Li at the blackboard.

UB mathematician Hanfeng Li is among 46 mathematicians recognized as fellows of the American Mathematical Society for 2021.


Published November 19, 2020


UB mathematician Hanfeng Li has been named a fellow of the American Mathematical Society (AMS) for his contributions to algebraic dynamics and operator algebras.

The fellows program recognizes members from around the world who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication and utilization of mathematics. Li is among 46 honorees for 2021.

Li is a professor of mathematics in the College of Arts and Sciences. His main research interests are in noncommutative geometry and dynamical systems, especially connections between operator algebras and dynamical systems. Li’s recent work concentrates on actions of countable sofic groups and algebraic actions of general countable (amenable) groups.

Among other past recognitions, Li received a UB Exceptional Scholar Award for Sustained Achievement in 2014.

“Hanfeng Li’s selection in the 2021 class of AMS fellows is a well-deserved recognition for his outstanding work. We are very proud to have him as a colleague,” says Gino Biondini, professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics.

The AMS is dedicated to advancing research and connecting the diverse global mathematical community through its publications, meetings and conferences, MathSciNet, professional services, advocacy and awareness programs.

Western New York has a long affiliation with the AMS. The organization’s very first colloquium — at a summer meeting in 1896, two years after the society became a national group — was held in Buffalo.