Burt Totaro

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Burt Totaro
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Born 1967 (age 46–47)
Institutions University of California, Los Angeles
University of Cambridge
University of Chicago
Alma mater Princeton University
University of California, Berkeley
Thesis K-Theory and Algebraic Cycles (1989)
Doctoral advisor Shoshichi Kobayashi
Notable awards Whitehead Prize (2000)
Prix Franco-Britannique (2001)

Burt James Totaro, FRS (b. 1967), is an American mathematician at University of Cambridge and UCLA, specializing in Algebraic Geometry and Algebraic Topology.


Totaro enrolled at Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth while in grade school. At the age of 13, he enrolled at Princeton University.[1] He graduated in 1984 and went on to graduate school at Berkeley, receiving his Ph.D. in 1989.[2] In 2000, he was elected Lowndean Professor of Astronomy and Geometry at the University of Cambridge. In the same year, he was awarded the Whitehead Prize by the London Mathematical Society.[3]

In 2009, he was elected Fellow of the Royal Society.[4] As of 2010, he is one of three managing editors of the journal Compositio Mathematica.[5]

Mathematical work[edit]

Totaro's work is partly influenced by the Hodge conjecture, and is based on the connections and application of topology to algebraic geometry. His work has applications in a number of diverse areas of mathematics, from representation theory to Lie theory to group cohomology.[6]


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