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Arlie Petters

Uniting Mathematics, Physics, and Stellar Mysteries

Arlie Oswald Petters, MBE, is a Belizean-American mathematical physicist who holds the position of Benjamin Powell Professor in mathematics and is a professor in both physics and economics at Duke University. Petters is a pioneer in mathematical astronomy, addressing issues related to the interplay of gravity and light using various fields, including astrophysics, cosmology, general relativity, high-energy physics, differential geometry, singularities, and probability theory. His notable work includes the development of a mathematical theory of gravitational lensing, as detailed in his monograph "Singularity Theory and Gravitational Lensing."

Time Period

20th and 21st Centuries

Main Field

Astronomy and Astrophysics (85-XX)

Cultural & Geographical Affiliations

Belize, United States

Identity Connections

Mathematicians of the African Diaspora

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