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David Mumford Ph.D.

National Medal of Science - Mathematics and Computer Science 2009

Mathematician. Algebraic geometry, Vision and Pattern Theory. Pure and Applied math. History and Philosophy of math, Math education. Sailing.

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University Professor, Division of Applied Mathematics, Brown University


1957 B.A., Magna Cum Laude, Harvard College
1961 Ph.D., Harvard University


1961-1962 Instructor and Research Fellow in Mathematics Harvard University
1962-1963 Assistant Professor, Harvard University
1962-1963 Member, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton and Visiting Professor, University of Tokyo
1963-1967 Associate Professor, Harvard University
1967-1977 Professor, Harvard University
1967-1968 Visiting Professor, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
1970-1971 Nuffield Professor, University of Warwick
1976-1977 Visiting Professor, Institute des Hautes ´Etudes Scientifiques, Paris
1977-1997 Higgins Professor of Mathematics, Harvard University
1978-1979 Visiting Professor, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
1981-1984 Chairman, Department of Mathematics, Harvard University
1985-1997 Member, Division of Applied Science, Harvard University
1991-1994 Vice-President, International Mathematical Union
1993(fall) Rothschild Professor, Isaac Newton Institute, Cambridge University
1995-1998 President, International Mathematical Union
1996-2007 University Professor, Division of Applied Math. Brown University
1998(fall) Visiting Professor, Institut Henri Poincare, Paris
2005(spring) Visiting Professor, Math. Sciences Research Institute, Berkeley
2007- Professor Emeritus, Brown University


1953 Westinghouse Science Talent Search, finalist
1958-1961 Society of Fellows, Harvard University, Junior Fellow
1974 Fields Medal, International Congress of Mathematics, Vancouver
1975 Elected to the National Academy of Sciences
1978 Honorary Fellow, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research
1983 Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science, University of Warwick
1987-1992 MacArthur Foundation Fellow
1991 Elected Foreign Member, Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Rome
1995 Elected Honorary Member, London Mathematical Society
1997 Elected American Philosophical Society
2000 Honorary Degree of DSc., Norwegian Univ. of Science and Technology, Trondheim
2001 Honorary Degree of DSc., Rockefeller University
2004 Elected Foreign Member, Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters
2005 IEEE Longuet-Higgins Prize, CVPR 2005, (with Jayant Shah)
2006 The Shaw Prize in Mathematical Sciences, Hong Kong (shared with Wu Wentsun)
2007 Amer. Math. Society Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition
2008 Wolf Prize in Mathematics (shared with Pierre Deligne and Philip Griffiths)
2008 Elected Foreign Member of the Royal Society of London
2009 Elected Honorary Member of the Palestinian Academy for Science and Technology
2010 National Medal of Science
2011 Honorary Degree, Brown University
2012 Honorary Degree, Universit`a di Torino

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Name: David Mumford
Birth: 11 June 1937 The bridges, Sussex, England
Title: Professor Emeritis
Affiliation: Brown University, Providence, Rhode Island
Citation: "For his contributions to the field of mathematics, which fundamentally changed algebraic geometry, and for connecting mathematics to other disciplines such as computer vision and neurobiology." Presented by President Barack H. Obama in the East Room of the White House on 17 November 2010."
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