Alexei Borodin

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Alexei Borodin
Born (1975-06-30) June 30, 1975 (age 44)
Alma materMoscow State University (1997)
University of Pennsylvania
AwardsEMS Prize (2008)
Henri Poincaré Prize (2015)
Loève Prize (2015)
Scientific career
InstitutionsMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Doctoral advisorAlexandre Kirillov

Alexei Mikhailovich Borodin (Russian: Алексе́й Михайлович Бороди́н; born June 30, 1975) is a professor of mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[1]


His research concerns asymptotic representation theory, relations with random matrices and integrable systems, and the difference equation formulation of monodromy.[2]

Education and career[edit]

Borodin was born in Donetsk, the son of Donetsk State University mathematics professor Mikhail Borodin.[3] He competed for Ukraine in the 1992 International Mathematical Olympiad, earning a silver medal there.[4] In the same year, he began studying mathematics at Moscow State University, and (because of the collapse of the Soviet Union) was forced to choose between Ukrainian and Russian citizenship, deciding at that time to be Russian.[3] He graduated from Moscow State in 1997 and received M.S.E. in computers and information science and Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania.[5][6]

He was a Clay Research Fellow and a researcher at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.[5] Next, he taught at the California Institute of Technology from 2003 to 2010, before moving to MIT.[7] In 2016-2017 he was a Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute at Harvard University.[8]

Awards and honors[edit]

In 2008, Borodin won the European Mathematical Society Prize, one of ten prizes awarded every four years for excellence by a young mathematics researcher.[2] In 2010, he was one of four Caltech faculty invited to present their work at the International Congress of Mathematicians.[9] In 2015 he won the Loève Prize[10] and the Henri Poincaré Prize.[7] In 2019 he was awarded the Fermat Prize[11].


  1. ^, MIT, retrieved 2011-03-04.
  2. ^ a b EMS Prizes and Felix Klein Prize: Citations and Prize Winner's Lectures (PDF), 5th European Congress of Mathematicians, 2008, archived from the original (PDF) on 2015-02-01, retrieved 2010-12-05.
  3. ^ a b Knight, Helen (March 23, 2012), "On the hunt for mathematical beauty: Alexei Borodin uses sophisticated tools to extract information from large groups", MIT News.
  4. ^ Alexei Borodin's results at International Mathematical Olympiad
  5. ^ a b Curriculum vitae from 2002, Clay Mathematics Institute, retrieved 2010-12-05.
  6. ^ Alexei Borodin at the Mathematics Genealogy Project.
  7. ^ a b Knight, Helen (September 28, 2015), "Alexei Borodin receives the 2015 Henri Poincaré Prize", MIT News.
  8. ^ "Alexei Borodin". Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. Retrieved 15 July 2017.
  9. ^ "Four from Caltech Invited to Key Conference", Caltech Today, May 5, 2009.
  10. ^ "Alexei Borodin awarded 2015 Loève Prize", IMS Bulletin, October 2, 2015.
  11. ^ Prix Fermat 2019, November 27, 2019