Robert MacPherson

Robert MacPherson
Hermann Weyl Professor
School of Mathematics

Robert MacPherson’s work has introduced radically new approaches to the topology of singular spaces and promoted investigations across a great spectrum of mathematics. He works in several fields of geometry-topology, algebraic geometry, differential geometry, and singularity theory. He is especially interested in aspects of geometry that interact with other areas of mathematics, such as the geometry of spaces of lattices, which interacts with modular forms, and the geometry of toric varieties, which interacts with combinatorics.

Harvard University, Ph.D. 1970; Brown University, J. D. Tamarkin Instructor 1970–72, Assistant Professor 1972–74, Associate Professor 1974–77, Professor 1977–85, Florence Pirce Grant University Professor 1985–87; Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Professor 1987–94; Institute for Advanced Study, Member 1985, Professor 1994–2007, Hermann Weyl Professor 2007–;American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Member; American Philosophical Society, Member; National Academy of Sciences Award in Mathematics 1992; American Mathematical Society, Leroy P. Steele Prize 2002; Eldgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, Heinz Hopf Prize 2009

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