Augustin Banyaga

Augustin Banyaga (born March 31, 1947) is a Rwandan-born American mathematician whose research fields include symplectic topology and contact geometry. He is currently a Professor of Mathematics at the Pennsylvania State University.

He earned his PhD degree in 1976 at the University of Geneva, under the supervision of André Haefliger. We list a few of his career highlights:

Banyaga has made significant contributions in symplectic topology on the structure of the symplectomorphism groups, and to several classical problems in mathematics, including Klein's Program and the Weinstein conjecture. One of his well-known result is that the group of Hamiltonian diffeomorphisms of a compact, connected, symplectic manifold is a simple group.

He is an editor of Afrika Matematica, the journal of the African Mathematical Union, an editor of the African Journal of Mathematics. Augustin Banyaga is a Visiting Professor of the Institut de Mathématiques et de Sciences Physiques (IMSP) since 1998. He has supervised many PhD students of the Institute.