Daniel Kane (mathematician)

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Daniel Kane
Born 1986
Madison, Wisconsin
Nationality American
Fields Mathematics
Computer Science
Institutions UCSD
Alma mater Harvard University
Doctoral advisor Barry Mazur
Other academic advisors Ken Ono
Erik Demaine
Notable awards Morgan Prize (2007)
Bucsela Prize (2007)
Putnam Fellow (2003–06)

Daniel Mertz Kane (born 1986) is an American mathematician. He is currently an assistant professor with a joint position in the Mathematics Department and the Computer Science and Engineering Department at University of California, San Diego.

Early life[edit]

Kane was born in Madison, Wisconsin, to professors of mathematics and of biochemistry.[1]

He was a mathematical prodigy. As a 6-year-old, he was already discovering arithmetic theorems and constructing proofs of their validity. By 3rd grade, he had mastered K through 9th-grade mathematics. In 5th grade, he achieved over 700 on the quantitative section of the SAT, qualifying for Johns Hopkins University’s Study of Exceptional Talent.[2] In 7th grade he participated in the American Mathematics Competitions for the first time, scoring among the top 30 pre-college students in the USA and thereby qualifying for participation in the Mathematical Olympiad Summer Program. He went on to earn gold medals in the 2002 and 2003 International Mathematical Olympiads. He was the first person to achieve a perfect score on the Virginia Tech Inter-college Mathematics Competition,[3] doing so in 2002 at age 16. Starting at age 13, he took honors math courses at the University of Wisconsin-Madison while dual enrolled at Madison West High School, completing most of a mathematics major prior to matriculation to MIT for college at age 17. Prior to his 17th birthday, he resolved an open conjecture proposed years earlier by Andrews and Lewis; for this prodigious research, he was named Fellow Laureate of the Davidson Institute for Talent Development.[4]

He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from MIT in 2007 and received his doctorate in mathematics from Harvard University in 2011.

Later career and awards[edit]

Kane is one of four people since 2003 (and one of eight in the history of the competition) to be named a four-time Putnam Fellow in the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition.[5] He also won the 2007 Morgan Prize. In addition to his performance in high school and university level mathematics competitions, Kane has written over 50 research papers in number theory, theoretical computer science, ergodic theory, statistics of random set partitions, partition asymptotics, spherical designs, game theory, learning theory, constructions of Johnson-Lindenstrauss matrix families, computational geometry, and streaming computation of Lp moments. He won a Best Paper award at the 2010 Symposium on Principals of Database Systems (PODS),[6] and a Best Paper award at the 2013 Conference on Computational Complexity.[7]


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