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Michael H. Freedman Ph.D.

National Medal of Science - Mathematics and Computer Science 1987

American mathematician. Proof of Poincare Conjecture in dimension four. One of the greatest achievements in mathematics in this century. Fields Medal, 1986.

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Generously contributed by Michael H. Freedman.
Updated 2011

Education:

1968-69: studied at University of California, Berkeley, California
1969-73: Ph.D. Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey

Academic and professional experience:

1973-75: Lecturer, Department of Mathematics, University of California, Berkeley, CA
1975-76: Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, New Jersey
1976-79: Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, UC-SD
1979-82: Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, UCSD
1982-present: Professor, Department of Mathematics, UCSD
1985-present: Charles Lee Powell Chair Professor, Department of Mathematics, UCSD
1997-99: on leave from UCSD
1999-2005: Adjunct Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
1997-2004: Senior Researcher, Microsoft Researcher, Redmond, WA
2004-present: Technical Fellow (Mathematician), Microsoft, Station Q, University of California at Santa Barbara
2005-present: Adjunct Professor, Department of Mathematics, University of California at Santa Barbara

Memberships:

American Mathematical Society
National Academy of Sciences
American Academy of Arts and Sciences
New York Academy of Sciences
Associate Editor for: Annals of Mathematics (1984-91), Journal of American Mathematacal Society, Journal of Differential Geometry, Mathematical Research Letters, Topology, Foundations of Computational Mathematics (FoCM)

Honors and awards:

1980-83: Alfred P. Sloan Fellow
1982: Invited Lecturer, Int'l Congress of Mathematicians, Warsaw, Poland 1984 California Scientist of the Year
1984-89: MacArthur Foundation Fellow
1984: Elected to National Academy of Sciences
1985: Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
1985: Charles Lee Powell Endowed Chair in Mathematics, UCSD
1986: American Mathematical Society's Veblen Prize
1986: Fields Medal, Int'l Congress of Mathematicians, Berkeley, CA
1987: National Medal of Science (White House, June 1987)
1988: Humboldt Award, Germany
1989: elected to New York Academy of Sciences
1994: Guggenheim Fellowship Award

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Name:Michael Hartley Freednam
Birth: 21 April 1951 Los Angeles, CA USA
Institution when prize awarded: University of California, San Diego
Citation: "For his proof of the Poincare Conjecture in dimension four: a topological four-manifold is homeomorphic to S4 [4th power]. It is homotopy equivalent to S4 [4th power], one of the greatest achievements in mathematics in this century." Presented by President Reagan at a White House Ceremony on June 25, 1987.
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