|Born||September 25, 1955|
|Institutions||University of California Los Angeles|
|Alma mater||Leningrad University|
|Doctoral advisor||Anatoli Jakovlev|
|Doctoral students||Oleg Izhboldin, Nikita Karpenko|
|Known for||Merkurjev–Suslin theorem, cohomological invariants, canonical dimension, book of involutions, essential dimension|
|Notable awards||Cole Prize in Algebra (2012)
Petersburg Mathematical Society Prize (1982)
Alexander Merkurjev (Russian: Алекса́ндр Сергее́вич Мерку́рьев, born September 25, 1955) is a Russian-born American mathematician, who has made major contributions to the field of algebra. Currently Merkurjev is a professor at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Awards and distinctions
In 1982 Merkurjev won the Young Mathematician Prize of the Petersburg Mathematical Society for his work on algebraic K-theory. In 1986 he was an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Berkeley, California, and his talk was entitled "Milnor K-theory and Galois cohomology". In 1995 he won the Humboldt Prize, an international prize awarded to renowned scholars. Merkurjev gave a plenary talk at the 2nd European Congress of Mathematics in Budapest, Hungary in 1996. In 2012 he won the Cole Prize in Algebra for his work on the essential dimension of groups.
Merkurjev's work focuses on algebraic groups, quadratic forms, Galois cohomology, algebraic K-theory and central simple algebras. In the early 1980s Merkurjev proved a fundamental result about the structure of central simple algebras of period dividing 2, which relates the 2-torsion of the Brauer group with Milnor K-theory. In subsequent work with Suslin this was extended to higher torsion as the Merkurjev–Suslin theorem, recently generalized in the norm residue isomorphism theorem (previously known as the Bloch-Kato conjecture), proven in full generality by Rost and Voevodsky.
In the late 1990s Merkurjev gave the most general approach to the notion of essential dimension, introduced by Buhler and Reichstein, and made fundamental contributions to that field. In particular Merkurjev determined the essential p-dimension of central simple algebras of degree (for a prime p) and, in joint work with Karpenko, the essential dimension of finite p-groups.
- Max-Albert Knus, Alexander Merkurjev, Markus Rost, Jean-Pierre Tignol: The book of involutions, American Mathematical Society 1998. ISBN 0-8218-0904-0
- Skip Garibaldi, Jean-Pierre Serre, Alexander Merkurjev: Cohomological Invariants in Galois Cohomology, American Mathematical Society 2003. ISBN 0-8218-3287-5
- Richard Elman, Nikita Karpenko, Alexander Merkurjev: Algebraic and geometric theory of quadratic forms, American Mathematical Society 2008. ISBN 978-0-8218-4329-1
- Listed in the Library of Congress Online Catalog
- "Young mathematician prize of the Petersburg Mathematical Society".
- "Proceedings of the International Congress of Mathematicians, August 3-11, 1986". International Mathematical Union. Merkurjev's talk: Milnor K-theory and Galois cohomology.
- "Speakers and talks at the 2nd European Congress of Mathematics".
- "2012 Cole Prize in Algebra".
- List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2013-02-04.
- A. Merkurjev (1981). "On the norm residue symbol of degree 2". Dokl. Akad. Nauk SSSR, 261. pp. 542–547 (English trans. Soviet Math. Dokl. 24 (1982), pp.1546–1551).
- A. Merkurjev (2010). "Essential p-dimension of PGL(p^2)". JAMS, 23. pp. 693–712.
- N. Karpenko, A. Merkurjev (2008). "Essential dimension of finite p-groups". Inventiones Mathematicae, 172, no. 3. pp. 491–508.
- Springer, T. A. (1999). "Review: The book of involutions, by M.-A. Knus, A. Merkurjev, M. Rost, and J.-P. Tignol (with a preface by J. Tits)". Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. (N.S.) 36 (3): 383–388.
- Swallow, John (2005). "Review: Cohomological invariants in Galois cohomology, by Skip Garibaldi, Alexander Merkurjev, and Jean-Pierre Serre". Bull. Amer. ath. Soc. (N.S.) 42 (1): 93–98.
- Zaldivar, Felipe (11/9/2008). "Review: The Algebraic and Geometric Theory of Quadratic Forms". MAA Reviews.
- Alexander Merkurjev - personal webpage at UCLA
- Alexander Merkurjev at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
- Alexander Merkurjev's results at the International Mathematical Olympiad