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.

Christopher Hacon

Christopher Hacon at Oberwolfach in 2008
Christopher Derek Hacon

(1970-02-14) 14 February 1970
Alma materUniversity of California, Los Angeles
Spouse(s)Aleksandra Jovanovic-Hacon
ChildrenStefan Jovanovic-Hacon, Ana Jovanovic-Hacon, Aleksandar (Sasha) Jovanovic-Hacon, Kristina Jovanovic-Hacon, Daniela Jovanovic-Hacon, Marko Jovanovic-Hacon
AwardsClay Research Award (2007)
Cole Prize (2009)
Feltrinelli Prize (2011)
Breakthrough Prize (2018)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Utah
ThesisSeshadri Constants of Ample Vector Bundles Divisors on Principally Polarized Abelian Varieties (1998)
Doctoral advisorRobert 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]


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