Education and career
Sipser was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He earned his B.A. in mathematics from Cornell University in 1974 and his Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley in 1980 under the direction of Manuel Blum.
Since 2004, he has served as head of the MIT Mathematics department.
His research area is complexity theory and related fields. He has jointly proved the Sipser–Lautemann theorem for the BPP complexity class, he proved together with David Lichtenstein that Go is PSPACE hard, and he introduced Adiabatic quantum computing in joint work with Farhi, Goldstone, and Gutmann.
In June 2014 it was announced that Sipser would be the new Dean of The School of Science at MIT.
Sipser lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts with his wife, Ina, and has two children: a daughter, Rachel, who graduated from New York University, and a younger son, Aaron.
- Trafton, Anne, "Michael Sipser named dean of the School of Science: Sipser has served as interim dean since Marc Kastner’s departure", MIT News Office, June 5, 2014
- MIT Mathematics | People Directory
- Sipser, Michael. Introduction to the Theory of Computation (3 ed.). Cengage Learning. ISBN 978-1133187790.
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