Past Faculty

John Willard Milnor

School of Mathematics
Affiliation
Mathematics

From the Abel Prize:

"John Milnor’s profound ideas and fundamental discoveries have largely shaped the mathematical landscape of the second half of the 20th century…All of Milnor’s work display features of great research: profound insights, vivid imagination, striking surprises and supreme beauty ... Numerous mathematical concepts, results and conjectures are named after him. In the literature we find for instance Milnor exotic spheres, Milnor fibration, Milnor number, Milnor-Thurston kneading theory, and Milnor Conjectures in knot theory, K-theory, combinatorial group theory, and holomorphic dynamics."

Abel Prize Laureate, 2011

Fields Medalist, 1962

 

Dates at IAS
Visitor
  • Mathematics
6/20027/2002 Other
Visitor
  • Mathematics
9/199910/1999 Fall
Faculty
  • Mathematics
9/19706/1990
Member
  • Mathematics
1/19666/1966 Spring
Degrees
Princeton University Ph.D., 1954
Honors
James Madison Medal, Princeton University 1977
National Medal of Science 1967
D.Sc., University of Chicago 1967
Honorary D.Sc., Syracuse University 1965
Fields Medal 1962