William Fulton (mathematician)

William Edgar Fulton (born August 29, 1939) is an American mathematician, specializing in algebraic geometry.

William Fulton
William Fulton at Oberwolfach in 2006
Born (1939-08-29) August 29, 1939
Alma materPrinceton University
AwardsLeroy P. Steele Prize (2010)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Michigan
University of Chicago
Brown University
Brandeis University
Doctoral advisorGerard Washnitzer
Other academic advisorsJohn Milnor
John Coleman Moore
Goro Shimura
Doctoral studentsRobert Lazarsfeld

Education and career

He received his undergraduate degree from Brown University in 1961 and his doctorate from Princeton University in 1966. His Ph.D. thesis, written under the supervision of Gerard Washnitzer, was on The fundamental group of an algebraic curve.

Fulton worked at Princeton and Brandeis University from 1965 until 1970, when he began teaching at Brown. In 1987 he moved to the University of Chicago.[1] He is, as of 2011, a professor at the University of Michigan.[2]

Fulton is known as the author or coauthor of a number of popular texts, including Algebraic Curves and Representation Theory.

Awards and honors

In 1996 he received the Steele Prize for mathematical exposition for his text Intersection Theory.[1] Fulton is a member of the U. S. National Academy of Sciences and was elected a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 2000. In 2010, he was awarded the Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement.[3] In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[4]

Selected works

  • Algebraic Curves: An Introduction To Algebraic Geometry, with Richard Weiss. New York: Benjamin, 1969. Reprint ed.: Redwood City, CA, USA: Addison-Wesley, Advanced Book Classics, 1989. ISBN 0-201-51010-3. Full text online.
  • William Fulton (1998), Intersection theory, Ergebnisse der Mathematik und ihrer Grenzgebiete. 3. Folge. A Series of Modern Surveys in Mathematics [Results in Mathematics and Related Areas. 3rd Series. A Series of Modern Surveys in Mathematics], 2 (2nd ed.), Berlin, New York: Springer-Verlag, doi:10.1007/978-1-4612-1700-8, ISBN 978-3-540-62046-4, MR 1644323, ISBN 978-0-387-98549-7 1st edn. 1984.[5]
  • Fulton, William; Harris, Joe (1991). Representation Theory, A First Course. Graduate Texts in Mathematics. 129. Berlin, New York: Springer-Verlag. ISBN 978-0-387-97495-8. MR 1153249.


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