Curtis T. McMullen

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Curtis Tracy McMullen
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Born (1958-05-21) May 21, 1958 (age 58)
Berkeley, California
Fields Mathematics
Institutions Harvard
Mathematical Sciences Research Institute
Institute for Advanced Study
Alma mater Harvard University
Williams College
Thesis Families of Rational Maps and Iterative Root-Finding Algorithms (1985)
Doctoral advisor Dennis Sullivan
Doctoral students Laura DeMarco
Jeremy Kahn
Maryam Mirzakhani
Known for Complex dynamics, hyperbolic geometry, Teichmüller theory
Notable awards Sloan Fellowship (1988)
Salem Prize (1991)
Fields Medal (1998)
Guggenheim Fellowship (2004)
Humboldt Prize (2011)

Curtis Tracy McMullen (born 21 May 1958) is Professor of Mathematics at Harvard University. He was awarded the Fields Medal in 1998 for his work in complex dynamics, hyperbolic geometry and Teichmüller theory.


McMullen graduated as valedictorian in 1980 from Williams College and obtained his Ph.D. in 1985 from Harvard University, supervised by Dennis Sullivan. He held post-doctoral positions at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, and the Institute for Advanced Study, after which he was on the faculty at Princeton University (1987–1990) and the University of California, Berkeley (1990–1997), before joining Harvard in 1997.

Honors and awards[edit]

He received the Salem Prize in 1991 and was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2007. In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[1]


McMullen has given a proof that backgammon ends with probability one.[2]


  • ——— (1994), Complex Dynamics and Renormalization, Annals of Mathematics Studies 135, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, ISBN 0-691-02982-2 
  • ——— (1996), Renormalization and 3-Manifolds which Fiber over the Circle, Annals of Mathematics Studies 142, Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, ISBN 0-691-01153-2 


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