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[edit]

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[edit]

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[edit]

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] in October 2016 she became the first female mathematician elected to the Royal Society of New Zealand.[10][11]


  1. ^ Hinke Maria Osinga at the Album Promotorum - Bibliotheek der Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
  2. ^ a b c Curriculum vitae: Hinke Osinga, retrieved 2015-10-08.
  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.
  5. ^ McLeod, Donald (16 December 2004), "Scientists crochet chaos", The Guardian.
  6. ^ Richard, Paul (19 March 2007), "In the loop", The Washington Post.
  7. ^ Cipra, Barry A. (March 2010), "Lorenz system offers manifold possibilities for art" (PDF), SIAM News, 43 (2).
  8. ^ ICM Plenary and Invited Speakers since 1897, International Mathematical Union, retrieved 2015-10-01.
  9. ^ SIAM Fellows: Class of 2015, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, retrieved 2015-10-08.
  10. ^ "NZ Mathematical Society bulletin".
  11. ^ "Royal Society 2016 Fellows".

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