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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.

Dates at IAS
Faculty Mathematics 7/1994current
Member Mathematics 9/198512/1985 Fall
Degrees
Harvard University Ph.D., 1970
Swarthmore College B.A., 1966
Honors
Awards: Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich, Heinz Hopf Prize 2009; American Mathematical Society, Leroy P. Steele Prize 2002; National Academy of Sciences Award in Mathematics 1992
Memberships: American Academy of Arts and Sciences; American Philosophical Society
Appointments
Massachusetts Institute of Technology 1987–1994 Professor
Brown University 1970–1987 Florence Pirce Grant University Professor 1985–87, Professor 1977–85, Associate Professor 1974–77, Assistant Professor 1972–74, J. D. Tamarkin Instructor 1970–72