Hinke Osinga

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Hinke Maria Osinga (born 25 December 1969, Dokkum)[1] is a Dutch mathematician and an expert in dynamical systems. She works as a professor of applied mathematics at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.[2] As well as for her research, she is known as a creator of mathematical art.

Education and career

Osinga earned a master's degree in 1991 and a Ph.D. in 1996 from the University of Groningen.[2] Her doctoral dissertation, jointly supervised by dynamical systems theorist Hendrik Broer and computational geometer Gert Vegter, was on the computation of invariant manifolds.[3]

After postdoctoral studies at The Geometry Center and the California Institute of Technology, and a short-term lecturership at the University of Exeter, she became a lecturer at the University of Bristol in 2001, and was promoted to reader and professor there in 2005 and 2011, respectively. She moved to Auckland in 2011,[2] becoming the first female mathematics professor at Auckland and the second in New Zealand.[4]

Mathematical art

In 2004 Osinga created a crocheted visualization of the Lorenz manifold, an invariant manifold for the Lorenz system, and published the crochet pattern for her work with her husband Bernd Krauskopf; the resulting mathematical textile artwork involved over 25,000 crochet stitches, and measured nearly a meter across.[5][6] Osinga and Krauskopf later collaborated with artist Benjamin Storch on a stainless steel sculpture that provides another interpretation of the same mathematical system.[7]

Awards and honours

Osinga was an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in 2014, speaking on "Mathematics in Science and Technology".[8] In 2015 she was elected as a fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics "for contributions to theory and computational methods for dynamical systems."[9]


  1. Hinke Maria Osinga at the Album Promotorum - Bibliotheek der Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Curriculum vitae: Hinke Osinga, retrieved 2015-10-08<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>.
  3. Hinke Osinga at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  4. Staff arrivals and departures in semester two, University of Auckland Department of Mathematics, 21 December 2011, retrieved 2015-10-08<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>.
  5. McLeod, Donald (16 December 2004), "Scientists crochet chaos", The Guardian<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>.
  6. Richard, Paul (19 March 2007), "In the loop", The Washington Post<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>.
  7. Cipra, Barry A. (March 2010), "Lorenz system offers manifold possibilities for art" (PDF), SIAM News, 43 (2)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>.
  8. ICM Plenary and Invited Speakers since 1897, International Mathematical Union, retrieved 2015-10-01<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>.
  9. SIAM Fellows: Class of 2015, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, retrieved 2015-10-08<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>.

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