Burt Totaro

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Burt Totaro
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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)

Burt James Totaro, FRS (b. 1967), is an American mathematician at UCLA, specializing in algebraic geometry and algebraic topology.

Education and early life[edit]

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.[1] He graduated in 1984 and went on to graduate school at Berkeley, receiving his Ph.D. in 1989.[2]

Career and research[edit]

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.[3] In 2009, Totaro was elected Fellow of the Royal Society.[4] Since 2009, he has been one of three managing editors of the journal Compositio Mathematica.[5] In 2012, he became a Professor in the UCLA Department of Mathematics.[6]

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.[7]

Selected works[edit]