Jerry Bona received a B.S. in Applied Mathematics and Computer Science from Washington University, Saint Louis in 1966 and a Ph.D. in Mathematics directed by Garret Birkhoff, from Harvard University, Cambridge in 1971. He was a post-doctoral fellow under the direction of T. Brooke Benjamin and J.J. Mahony at the the Fluid Mechanics Research Institue in the University of Essex from 1970 to 1972, before joining the faculty of mathematics at the University of Chicago. His research interests include fluid mechanics, partial differential equations, computational mathematics and the associated numerical analysis, oceanography, coastal engineering, economic theory and lately, the analysis of gene expression and its use as a tool in designing cancer treatment.
Bona is currently Chair of the Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science department at UIC, having formerly held a Professorship at the University of Chicago and Chaired positions at Penn State and the University of Texas at Austin. He has served on a wide range of committees of the AAAS, AMS, MAA and SIAM, on NSF, NSERC, NATO, ONR, and U.S. Army Research Office advisory committees as well as on many ad hoc advisory and evaluative committees. Dr. Bona has recently taken over as the Convenor of the International Center for Mathematical Sciences which is headquartered in Edinburgh in Maxwell's former home. He has mentored about 50 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows and is on the editorial board of 30 or so scientific journals.