Brian Conrad

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Brian Conrad
Born (1970-11-20) November 20, 1970 (age 52)
Alma materPrinceton University (doctorate)
Harvard College (undergraduate)
AwardsPresidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers[1]
Scientific career
InstitutionsStanford University
Columbia University
University of Michigan
ThesisFinite Honda systems and supersingular elliptic curves (1996)
Doctoral advisorAndrew Wiles

Brian Conrad (born November 20, 1970) is an American mathematician and number theorist, working at Stanford University. Previously, he taught at the University of Michigan and at Columbia University.

Conrad and others proved the modularity theorem, also known as the Taniyama-Shimura Conjecture. He proved this in 1999 with Christophe Breuil, Fred Diamond and Richard Taylor, while holding a joint postdoctoral position at Harvard University and the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey.

Conrad received his bachelor's degree from Harvard in 1992, where he won a prize for his undergraduate thesis. He did his doctoral work under Andrew Wiles and went on to receive his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1996 with a dissertation titled Finite Honda Systems And Supersingular Elliptic Curves. He was also featured as an extra in Nova's The Proof.

His identical twin brother Keith Conrad, also a number theorist, is a professor at the University of Connecticut.


  1. ^ "The Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers: Recipient Details: Brian Conrad". NSF.

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