Curtis T. McMullen

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Curtis T. McMullen
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Born Curtis Tracy McMullen
(1958-05-21) May 21, 1958 (age 60)
Berkeley, California
Nationality American
Alma mater Harvard University
Williams College
Known for Complex dynamics, hyperbolic geometry, Teichmüller theory
Awards Sloan Fellowship (1988)
Salem Prize (1991)
Fields Medal (1998)
Guggenheim Fellowship (2004)
Humboldt Prize (2011)
Scientific career
Fields Mathematics
Institutions Harvard
Mathematical Sciences Research Institute
Institute for Advanced Study
Thesis Families of Rational Maps and Iterative Root-Finding Algorithms (1985)
Doctoral advisor Dennis Sullivan
Doctoral students Laura DeMarco
Jeremy Kahn
Maryam Mirzakhani

Curtis Tracy McMullen (born May 21, 1958) is an American mathematician who is the Cabot 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]

McMullen received the Salem Prize in 1991 and won the Fields Medal in 1998.[1] He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2007 and in 2012 became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[2]


McMullen has given a proof that backgammon ends with probability one.[3]


  • ——— (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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