Allen Knutson

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Allen Knutson

Allen Ivar Knutson is a mathematician and professor of mathematics at Cornell University.[1]

Knutson did his undergraduate studies at the California Institute of Technology,[2] and received his Ph.D. in 1996 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under the joint advisorship of Victor Guillemin and Lisa Jeffrey.[3] He was on the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley before moving to the University of California, San Diego in 2005–2008 and then to Cornell University in 2009.[4] In 2005, he and Terence Tao won the Levi L. Conant Prize of the American Mathematical Society for their paper "Honeycombs and Sums of Hermitian Matrices".[5]

Knutson is also known for his studies of the mathematics of juggling,[6] and for five years beginning in 1990 he and fellow Caltech student David Morton held a world record for passing 12 balls.[2]


  1. ^ Faculty profile, Cornell University, accessed 2012-06-20.
  2. ^ a b Donahue, Bill (December 2004), "The Mathematics of . . . Juggling: An algebra whiz reveals the secrets of keeping a lot of balls in the air", Discover .
  3. ^ Allen Ivar Knutson at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  4. ^ Department history, UCSD mathematics department, accessed 2012-06-20.
  5. ^ 2005 Conant Prize, AMS, accessed 2012-06-20.
  6. ^ The mathematics of juggling one-hour YouTube lecture