# Christopher Hacon

**Christopher Derek Hacon** FRS (born 14 February 1970) is a mathematician with British, Italian and US nationalities.[1] He is currently distinguished professor of mathematics at the University of Utah where he holds a Presidential Endowed Chair. His research interests include algebraic geometry.

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Christopher Hacon at Oberwolfach in 2008 | |

Born | Christopher Derek Hacon 14 February 1970 |

Nationality | British Italian American |

Alma mater | University of California, Los Angeles |

Spouse(s) | Aleksandra Jovanovic-Hacon |

Children | Stefan Jovanovic-Hacon, Ana Jovanovic-Hacon, Aleksandar (Sasha) Jovanovic-Hacon, Kristina Jovanovic-Hacon, Daniela Jovanovic-Hacon, Marko Jovanovic-Hacon |

Awards | Clay Research Award (2007) Cole Prize (2009) Feltrinelli Prize (2011) Breakthrough Prize (2018) |

Scientific career | |

Fields | Mathematics |

Institutions | University of Utah |

Thesis | Seshadri Constants of Ample Vector Bundles Divisors on Principally Polarized Abelian Varieties (1998) |

Doctoral advisor | Robert Lazarsfeld |

Hacon was born in Manchester, but grew up in Italy where he studied at the Scuola Normale Superiore and received a degree in mathematics at the University of Pisa in 1992. He received his doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles in 1998, under supervision of Robert Lazarsfeld.

## Awards and honors

In 2007 he was awarded a Clay Research Award for his work, joint with James McKernan, on "the birational geometry of algebraic varieties in dimension greater than three, in particular, for [an] inductive proof of the existence of flips." [2]

In 2009 he was awarded the Cole Prize for outstanding contribution to algebra, along with McKernan.[3]

He was an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians 2010 in Hyderabad, on the topic of "*Algebraic Geometry.*"[4]

In 2011 he was awarded the Antonio Feltrinelli Prize in Mathematics, Mechanics and Applications by Italy's prestigious Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei.

In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[5]

In 2012 he became a Simons Investigator.[6]

In 2015 he won the American Mathematical Society Moore Prize.[7]

In 2017 he was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.[8]

In 2017 he won the 2018 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics (with James McKernan).[9]

In 2018 he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

In 2019, he was elected to the Royal Society.[10]

## References

- As Hacon states in his Curriculum Vitae
- "Clay Research Awards". Clay Mathematics Institute.
- "2009 Cole Prize in Algebra" (PDF).
- "ICM Plenary and Invited Speakers since 1897". International Congress of Mathematicians.
- List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2013-01-19.
- Simons Investigators Awardees, The Simons Foundation
- AMS Moore Prize, retrieved 2015-12-01.
- 2017 Fellows of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, retrieved 2017-12-1.
- Breakthrough Prize, retrieved 2017-4-12.
- "Distinguished scientists elected as Fellows and Foreign Members of the Royal Society | Royal Society".
*royalsociety.org*. Retrieved 18 April 2019.