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.

Biography[edit]

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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