Chelsea Walton

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Chelsea Walton (born July 11, 1983)[1] is a mathematician whose research interests include noncommutative algebra, noncommutative algebraic geometry, symmetry in quantum mechanics, Hopf algebras, and quantum groups. She is an associate professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign and a Sloan Research Fellow.[2]

Education and career[edit]

Walton is African-American,[3] originally from Detroit,[4] and was educated in the Detroit public schools.[5] As a child she made a letter frequency table from her children's dictionary,[2] and as a high school student, seeking a way to "do logic puzzles all day and get paid for this",[3] she was already planning a career as a mathematics professor.[4]

She graduated from Michigan State University in 2005,[6] and completed her Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in 2011. Her dissertation, On Degenerations and Deformations of Sklyanin Algebras, was jointly supervised by Toby Stafford [de] and Karen E. Smith,[7] and based in part on her work as a visiting student at the University of Manchester, where Stafford had moved.[1]

Walton did postdoctoral research at the University of Washington and the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, and became a C. L. E. Moore instructor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 2012 to 2015.[1] She came to Temple University as Selma Lee Bloch Brown Assistant Professor of Mathematics in 2015.[2] She moved to the University of Illinois in 2018.[6][5]


Walton was named a Sloan Fellow in 2017, becoming the fourth African-American to win a Sloan Fellowship in mathematics.[2] In 2018 she won the Andre Lichnerowicz Prize in Poisson geometry, the first woman to be awarded this prize.[8] The award citation noted her research on Sklyanin algebras in Poisson geometry, on the actions of Hopf algebras, and on the universal enveloping algebra of the Witt algebra.[9]


  1. ^ a b c Curriculum vitae (PDF), retrieved 2018-10-19
  2. ^ a b c d "Temple mathematician Chelsea Walton named a 2017 Sloan Research Fellow", Temple Now, Temple University, March 7, 2017
  3. ^ a b "Chelsea Walton", Mathematically Gifted and Black: Black History Month 2017 Honoree, retrieved 2018-10-18
  4. ^ a b Paoletta, Rae (March 8, 2017), "These Black Female Mathematicians Should Be Stars in the Blockbusters of Tomorrow", Gizmodo
  5. ^ a b Readdy, Margaret A.; Taylor, Christine (March 2018), "Chelsea Walton" (PDF), Women's History Month, Notices of the American Mathematical Society, 65 (3): 296–297
  6. ^ a b Bursztynsky, Jessica; Evensen, Dave (September 13, 2018), New faculty join the College of LAS, University of Illinois College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, retrieved 2018-10-19
  7. ^ Chelsea Walton at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  8. ^ Chelsea Walton and Brent Prym win 2018 André Lichnerowicz Prize in Poisson Geometry, International Mathematical Union Committee for Women in Mathematics, August 20, 2018
  9. ^ André Lichnerowicz Prize in Poisson geometry (PDF), Fields Institute, 2018, retrieved 2018-10-19

Further reading[edit]

  • Diaz-Lopez, Alexander (February 2018), "Chelsea Walton Interview" (PDF), Notices of the American Mathematical Society, 65 (2): 164–166

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