Rick Durrett

Richard Timothy Durrett is an American mathematician known for his research and books on mathematical probability theory, stochastic processes and their application to mathematical ecology and population genetics.

He received his BS and MS at Emory University in 1972 and 1973 and his Ph.D. at Stanford University in 1976 under advisor Donald Iglehart. From 1976 to 1985 he taught at UCLA. From 1985 until 2010 was on the faculty at Cornell University, where his students included Claudia Neuhauser. Since 2010, Durrett has been a professor at Duke University.

He was elected to the United States National Academy of Sciences in 2007.[1] In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[2]

Durrett is the founder of the Cornell Probability Summer Schools.

Selected publications


  • Durrett, R. Probability. Theory and examples. Wadsworth & Brooks/Cole, Pacific Grove, CA (1991). 453 pp. ISBN 0-534-13206-5 ; 4th edition, 2010[3]
  • Durrett, R. Probability models for DNA sequence evolution. Springer-Verlag, New York (2002). 240 pp. ISBN 0-387-95435-X ; 2nd edition, 2008
  • Durrett, R. Stochastic Calculus: A Practical Introduction. CRC Press (1996). 341 pp. ISBN 0-8493-8071-5
  • Durrett, R. Random Graph Dynamics. Cambridge University Press (2006). 222 pp. ISBN 0-521-86656-1



  1. "Richard T. Durrett". National Academy of Sciences.
  2. List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2012-11-10.
  3. Rabinovitch, Peter (12 January 2011). "Review of Probability: Theory and Examples by Rick Durrett". MAA Reviews, Mathematical Association of America.
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