Andrei Okounkov

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Andrei Okounkov
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Born Andrei Yuryevich Okounkov
(1969-07-26) July 26, 1969 (age 45)
Moscow, Soviet Union
Nationality Russian
Fields Mathematics
Institutions Columbia University
Princeton University
University of California, Berkeley
University of Chicago
Alma mater Moscow State University
Doctoral advisor Alexandre Kirillov
Notable awards Fields Medal (2006)
EMS Prize (2004)

Andrei Yuryevich Okounkov (Russian: Андре́й Ю́рьевич Окунько́в, Andrej Okun'kov) (born July 26, 1969) is a Russian mathematician who works on representation theory and its applications to algebraic geometry, mathematical physics, probability theory and special functions. He is currently a professor at Columbia University. In 2006, he received the Fields Medal "for his contributions to bridging probability, representation theory and algebraic geometry."[1]

Education and career[edit]

He received his doctorate at Moscow State University in 1995 under Alexandre Kirillov and Grigori Olshanski.[2] He has been a professor at Columbia University since 2010. He was previously a professor at Princeton University from 2002 to 2010, an assistant and associate professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and an instructor at the University of Chicago.

Work[edit]

He has worked on the representation theory of infinite symmetric groups, the statistics of plane partitions, and the quantum cohomology of the Hilbert scheme of points in the complex plane. Much of his work on Hilbert schemes was joint with Rahul Pandharipande.

Okounkov along with Pandharipande, Nikita Nekrasov, and Davesh Maulik, has formulated well-known conjectures relating the Gromov–Witten invariants and Donaldson–Thomas invariants of threefolds.

Okounkov has an Erdős number of at most three, via Anatoly Vershik and Gregory Freiman.

In 2006, at the 25th International Congress of Mathematicians in Madrid, Spain, he received the Fields Medal "for his contributions to bridging probability, representation theory and algebraic geometry."[1]

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