Thierry De Pauw

Distinguished Professor
School of Mathematics
East China Normal University


Thierry De Pauw is a Distinguished Professor at the School of Mathematics of East China Normal University. He is currently on leave of absence from his Professorship at the Université Paris Diderot - Paris 7, and Honorary Maître de Recherches at the F.N.R.S., Belgium. Professor De Pauw’s research interest is Mathematical Analysis. He specializes in Geometric Measure Theory, a branch of fundamental mathematics concentrating on Geometric Variational Problems, of which the paradigm is the Plateau Problem. It consists of studying the geometrical complexity of soap films and soap bubbles, including those in infinite dimensional space.

During his career, Professor De Pauw has been a long-term visitor at University College London in England, Université Paris-Sud in Orsay, France, Rice University in Houston, Texas, and NYU Shanghai University. He was awarded the Jacques Deruyts prize (2004-2008) from the Royal Academy of Belgium.

Research Interests

  • Mathematical analysis (geometric measure theory)

Recent Publications

  • Partial regularity of almost minimizing rectifiable G chains in Hilbert space (with R. Züst). Submitted.
  • Homology of normal chains and homology of charges (with R. Hardt and W.F. Pfeffer). Memoirs Amer. Math. Soc., 247 no. 1172, 2017.
  • An example pertaining to the failure of the Besicovitch - Federer Theorem in separable Hilbert space. Publ. Mat., 61(1), 2017.
  • On sets minimizing their weighted length in uniformly convex separable Banach spaces. Adv. Math., 305, 2017.


  • B.S., Mathematics
    Université catholique de Louvain, 1993
  • Ph.D., Mathematics
    Université catholique de Louvain, 1998


  • French (mother tongue)
  • English (fluent)
  • Dutch (basic knowledge)
  • Italian (basic knowledge)
  • Chinese (beginner)