# Curtis T. McMullen

Curtis Tracy McMullen | |
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Born |
Berkeley, California | May 21, 1958

Fields | Mathematics |

Institutions |
Harvard MIT Mathematical Sciences Research Institute Institute for Advanced Study Princeton Berkeley |

Alma mater |
Harvard University Williams College |

Thesis |
Families of Rational Maps and Iterative Root-Finding Algorithms (1985) |

Doctoral advisor | Dennis Sullivan |

Doctoral students |
Laura DeMarco Jeremy Kahn Maryam Mirzakhani |

Known for | Complex dynamics, hyperbolic geometry, Teichmüller theory |

Notable awards |
Sloan Fellowship (1988) Salem Prize (1991) Fields Medal (1998) Guggenheim Fellowship (2004) Humboldt Prize (2011) |

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**Curtis Tracy McMullen** (born 21 May 1958) is Professor of Mathematics at Harvard University. He was awarded the Fields Medal in 1998 for his work in complex dynamics, hyperbolic geometry and Teichmüller theory.

## Biography

McMullen graduated as valedictorian in 1980 from Williams College and obtained his Ph.D. in 1985 from Harvard University, supervised by Dennis Sullivan. He held post-doctoral positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, and the Institute for Advanced Study, after which he was on the faculty at Princeton University (1987–1990) and the University of California, Berkeley (1990–1997), before joining Harvard in 1997.

## Honors and awards

He received the Salem Prize in 1991 and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2007. In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.^{[1]}

## Trivia

McMullen has given a proof that backgammon ends with probability one.^{[2]}

## Works

- ——— (1994),
*Complex Dynamics and Renormalization*, Annals of Mathematics Studies,**135**, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, ISBN 0-691-02982-2 - ——— (1996),
*Renormalization and 3-Manifolds which Fiber over the Circle*, Annals of Mathematics Studies,**142**, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, ISBN 0-691-01153-2

## References

- ↑ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2013-02-04.
- ↑ Math.harvard.edu

## External links

- Curtis T McMullen at Harvard.
- O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F., "Curtis T. McMullen",
*MacTutor History of Mathematics archive*, University of St Andrews. - Curtis T. McMullen at the Mathematics Genealogy Project