|Born||Burt James Totaro
1967 (age 49–50)
|Institutions||University of California, Los Angeles
University of Cambridge
University of Chicago
|Alma mater||Princeton University
University of California, Berkeley
|Thesis||K-Theory and Algebraic Cycles (1989)|
|Doctoral advisor||Shoshichi Kobayashi|
|Notable awards||Whitehead Prize (2000)
Prix Franco-Britannique (2001)
Education and early life
Totaro participated in the Study of Mathematically Precocious Youth while in grade school. After spending two years at Moorestown High School in New Jersey, he enrolled at Princeton University at the age of thirteen. He graduated in 1984 and went on to graduate school at Berkeley, receiving his Ph.D. in 1989.
Career and research
In 2000, he was elected Lowndean Professor of Astronomy and Geometry at the University of Cambridge. In the same year, he was awarded the Whitehead Prize by the London Mathematical Society. In 2009, Totaro was elected Fellow of the Royal Society. Since 2009, he has been one of three managing editors of the journal Compositio Mathematica. In 2012, he became a Professor in the UCLA Department of Mathematics.
Totaro's work is influenced by the Hodge conjecture, and is based on the connections and application of topology to algebraic geometry. His work has applications in a number of diverse areas of mathematics, from representation theory to Lie theory to group cohomology.
- Totaro, Burt (2014). Group Cohomology and Algebraic Cycles. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-107-01577-7.
- Princeton Alumni Weekly
- Mathematics Genealogy Project
- Citation for Burt Totaro Archived October 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Cambridge academics elected as Fellows of the Royal Society". Cambridge University news. 2009-05-16. Retrieved 2009-05-16.
- "Editorial Board of Compositio Mathematica".
- "UCLA Department of Mathematics newsletter" (PDF).
- Cambridge academics elected as Fellows of the Royal Society
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