Antony Wassermann

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Antony John Wassermann
Antony Wassermann at Berkeley in 1989
Alma materUniversity of Pennsylvania
Known for
AwardsInvited speaker ICM (1994)
Whitehead Prize (1990)
Miller Research Fellows (1986–88)
Scientific career
ThesisAutomorphic actions of compact groups on operator algebras (1981)
Doctoral advisorJonathan Rosenberg

Antony John Wassermann (born 1957[1]) is a British mathematician, working in operator algebras. He is known for his works on conformal field theory (providing several series of subfactors), on the actions of compact groups on von Neumann algebras, and his proof of the Baum–Connes conjecture for connected reductive linear Lie groups.[2][3]

He attended Royal Grammar School, Newcastle upon Tyne from 1968 to 1974,[4] and received his Ph.D at the University of Pennsylvania in 1981, under the supervision of Jonathan Rosenberg (Automorphic actions of compact groups on operator algebras).[5][6]

He was Directeur de Recherches CNRS at Aix-Marseille University (France) from 1999 to 2013.[1]

He is currently affiliated to the University of Cambridge, Department of Pure Mathematics and Mathematical Statistics (DPMMS)[7][8]

He is the son of the quantum physicist Gerhard Dietrich Wassermann and the brother of the mathematician Alexander Simon Wassermann.[9]


Selected bibliography[edit]

  • Operator algebras and conformal field theory. III. Fusion of positive energy representations of LSU(N) using bounded operators. Invent. Math. 133, no. 3, 467–538, 1998. MR1645078
  • Operator algebras and conformal field theory. Proceedings of the International Congress of Mathematicians, Vol. 1, 2 (Zürich, 1994), 966–979, Birkhäuser, Basel, 1995. MR1403996
  • Ergodic actions of compact groups on operator algebras. I. General theory. Ann. of Math. (2) 130, no. 2, 273–319, 1989. MR1014926
  • Ergodic actions of compact groups on operator algebras. III. Classification for SU(2). Invent. Math. 93, no. 2, 309–354, 1988. MR948104
  • Une démonstration de la conjecture de Connes–Kasparov pour les groupes de Lie linéaires connexes réductifs [A proof of the Connes–Kasparov conjecture for connected reductive linear Lie groups], C. R. Acad. Sci. Paris Sér. I Math. 304, no. 18, 559–562, 1987. MR894996


  1. ^ a b Activity report, Institut de Mathématiques de Luminy, page 152
  2. ^ a b Two paragraphs citation for the Junior Whitehead Prize, published in the Bull. London Math. Soc., January 1991
  3. ^ Vaughan Jones published a report in the 1994 Seminaire Bourbaki no. 800
  4. ^ Old Novocastrians’ Association Magazine, Issue 96, Spring 2016, page 17
  5. ^ Antony John Wassermann at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  6. ^ PhD Dissertation, University of Pennsylvania, 1981
  7. ^ His page on ResearchGate
  8. ^ "Reporter 5/10/00: CHRIST'S COLLEGE". Retrieved 18 June 2022.
  9. ^ Webpage of Simon Wassermann
  10. ^ International Mathematical Olympiad
  11. ^ The article "Ergodic Actions of Compact Groups on Operator Algebras II"(Canadian Journal of Mathematics, 1988) explicitly mentions on page 1483 the support from the Miller Institute, University of California, Berkeley.
  12. ^ Winners of the Whitehead Prize
  13. ^ Invited speakers, International Congresses of Mathematicians