Kiran Kedlaya

Kiran Sridhara Kedlaya (/ˈkɪrən ˈʃrdər kɛdˈlɑːjə/;[2] born July 1974) is an Indian American mathematician. He currently is a Professor of Mathematics and the Stefan E. Warschawski Chair in Mathematics[3] at the University of California, San Diego.

Kiran Kedlaya
BornJune 1974 (age 45)
Alma materMIT (Ph.D. 2000)
Princeton (M.A. 1997)
Harvard (B.A. 1996)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of California, San Diego
Doctoral advisorAise Johan de Jong

At age 16, Kedlaya won a gold medal at the International Mathematics Olympiad,[4] and would later win a silver and another gold medal. While an undergraduate student at Harvard, he was a three-time Putnam Fellow. A 1996 article by The Harvard Crimson described him as "the best college-age student in math in the United States".[5]

Kedlaya was runner-up for the 1995 Morgan Prize, for a paper[6] in which he substantially improved on results of László Babai and Vera Sós (1985)[7] on the size of the largest product-free subset of a finite group of order n.

He gave an invited talk at the International Congress of Mathematicians in 2010, on the topic of "Number Theory".[8]

In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[9]

He was also a contestant on the game show Jeopardy! in 2011, winning one episode.[10]

Selected works

  • p-adic Differential Equations, Cambridge Studies in Advanced Mathematics, Band 125, Cambridge University Press 2010[11]
  • with David Savitt, Dinesh Thakur, Matt Baker, Brian Conrad, Samit Dasgupta, Jeremy Teitelbaum p-adic Geometry, Lectures from the 2007 Arizona Winter School, American Mathematical Society 2008
  • with Bjorn Poonen, Ravi Vakil The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition 1985-2000: Problems, Solutions and Commentary, Mathematical Association of America, 2002


  1. Kedlaya, Kiran. "About my name".
  3. "Exploring the mathematical universe". American Institute of Mathematics. 10 May 2016. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  4. "Silver Spring whiz kid brings home the gold". Washington Times. July 20, 1990.
  5. Hsu, Geoffrey C. (June 6, 1996). "Breaking the Curve". The Harvard Crimson.
  6. (1997). "Large Product-Free Subsets of Finite Groups". Journal of Combinatorial Theory. Series A. 77 (2): 339–343. doi:10.1006/jcta.1997.2715.
  7. Babai, László; Sós, Vera T. (1985). "Sidon sets in groups and induced subgraphs of Cayley graphs". European Journal of Combinatorics. 6: 101–114. doi:10.1016/s0195-6698(85)80001-9.
  8. "ICM Plenary and Invited Speakers since 1897". International Congress of Mathematicians.
  9. List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2013-01-27.
  10. Jeopardy! Archive – Show #6257, aired 2011–11–29
  11. Berger, Laurent (2012). "Review: p-adic differentials equations, by Kiran Kedlaya" (PDF). Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. (N.S.). 49 (3): 465–468. doi:10.1090/s0273-0979-2012-01371-X.
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