|Michael Lee Develin|
August 27, 1980 |
|Institutions||D. E. Shaw & Co.
|Alma mater||Harvard University
University of California, Berkeley
|Doctoral advisor||Bernd Sturmfels|
Mike Develin was born in Hobart, Tasmania. He moved to the United States with his Korean mother, living in New York City. He attended Stuyvesant High School, where he was captain of the math team, and entered Harvard University at the age of 16. At 22, he received his PhD from UC-Berkeley, doing his dissertation on Topics in Discrete Geometry. He was awarded the 2003 American Institute of Mathematics five-year fellowship.
Develin is a 2-time Putnam fellow. He studied under advisor Bernd Sturmfels at UC-Berkeley, and has been noted for work on Stanley's reciprocity theorem and tight spans. His 2004 paper, "Tropical Convexity", with Sturmfels, is regarded as one of the seminal papers of tropical geometry, garnering over 150 citations to date.
On January 23, 2014, Develin published a satirical note on behalf on Facebook's data science team, predicting the demise of Princeton University, in response to a research paper by Princeton PhD candidates predicting the demise of Facebook.
Develin started playing competitive bridge in 2005.
- Manfield Non-Life Master Pairs 2005
- Grand National Teams Flight B 2007
- South American Junior Championships 2007 
- Red Ribbon Pairs 2008
Develin occasionally sets up a "free advice" table near the San Francisco Ferry Building.
- "Richard Geller: The Lifelong Mathematician". Stuyvesant Spectator.
- "2003 AIM Five-Year Fellowship". American Institute of Mathematics.
- "The Mathematical Association of America's William Lowell Putnam Competition". Mathematical Association of America.
- "Citations for Tropical Convexity". Retrieved March 30, 2012.
- "North American Juniors Star in South America, Winning Pairs and Teams". United States Bridge Federation.
- "Introduction". SimBase.org.
- "How Do You Solve a Problem Like Joon Pahk?". Dribble Penetration - A Basket Blog.
- "Where to Get the Best (Free) Unlicensed Therapy". Psychology Today.
- Mike's "Free Advice" tabling homepage
- Mike Develin international record at the World Bridge Federation.