David Eisenbud

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David Eisenbud
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Born 8 April 1947 (1947-04-08) (age 69)
Nationality American
Institutions University of California, Berkeley
Alma mater University of Chicago
Doctoral advisor Saunders Mac Lane
Doctoral students Irena Peeva
Craig Huneke
Gregory G Smith
Notable awards Leroy P. Steele Prize (2010)

David Eisenbud (born 8 April 1947 in New York City) is an American mathematician. He is a professor of mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley and was Director of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) from 1997 to 2007. He has been appointed to a second term in this office for the period of August 1, 2013 until July 31, 2017.

Eisenbud received his Ph.D. in 1970 from the University of Chicago, where he was a student of Saunders Mac Lane and, unofficially, J. C. Robson. He then taught at Brandeis University from 1970 to 1997, during which time he had visiting positions at Harvard University, Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (IHÉS), University of Bonn, and Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS). He joined the staff at MSRI in 1997, and took a position at Berkeley at the same time.

From 2003 to 2005 Eisenbud was President of the American Mathematical Society.[1]

Eisenbud's mathematical interests include commutative and non-commutative algebra, algebraic geometry, topology, and computational methods in these fields. He has written nearly 150 papers with over 50 co-authors. Notable contributions include the theory of matrix factorizations for maximal Cohen–Macaulay modules over hypersurface rings, the Eisenbud–Goto conjecture on degrees of generators of syzygy modules, and the Buchsbaum–Eisenbud criterion for exactness of a complex. He also proposed the Eisenbud–Evans conjecture which was later settled by the Indian mathematician Neithalath Mohan Kumar.[2]

He has had 25 doctoral students, including Gregory G Smith, winner of the Andre Aisenstadt Prize in 2007.

Eisenbud's hobbies are juggling (he has written two papers on the mathematics of juggling) and music. He has appeared in Brady Haran's Numberphile web series.[3]

He was awarded the Leroy P. Steele Prize in 2010. In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[4]

Selected publications[edit]


  • Eisenbud, David; Neumann, Walter (1985). Three-dimensional link theory and invariants of plane curve singularities. Annals of Mathematical Studies. 110. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton U. Press. vii+171. ISBN 978-0-691-08381-0. [5]
  • Eisenbud, David (1995). Commutative algebra with a view toward algebraic geometry. Graduate Texts in Mathematics. 150. New York: Springer-Verlag. xvi+785. ISBN 0-387-94268-8. MR 1322960. [6]
  • Eisenbud, David; Harris, Joe (2000). The geometry of schemes. Graduate Texts in Mathematics. 197. Berlin; New York: Springer-Verlag. x+294. ISBN 978-0-387-98638-8. MR 1730819. [7]
  • Eisenbud, David (2005). The geometry of syzygies. A second course in commutative algebra and algebraic geometry. Graduate Texts in Mathematics. 229. New York: Springer-Verlag. xvi+243. ISBN 0-387-22215-4. 



  1. ^ Eisenbud, David (2007). "Syzygies, degrees, and choices from a life in mathematics. Retiring Presidential Address". Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. (N.S.). 44 (3): 331–359. doi:10.1090/s0273-0979-07-01163-9. MR 2318155. 
  2. ^ Friedrich Ischebeck; Ravi A. Rao (12 January 2005). Ideals and Reality: Projective Modules and Number of Generators of Ideals. Springer. pp. 238–. ISBN 978-3-540-23032-8. Retrieved 2 July 2013. 
  3. ^ "Numberphile – Videos about Numbers and Stuff". www.numberphile.com. Retrieved 2016-07-06. 
  4. ^ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2012-12-02.
  5. ^ Durfee, Alan H. (1988). "Review: Three-dimensional link theory and invariants of plane curve singularities, by David Eisenbud and Walter Neumann" (PDF). Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. (N.S.). 19 (2): 481–484. doi:10.1090/s0273-0979-1988-15707-2. 
  6. ^ Green, Mark (1996). "Review: Commutative algebra with a view toward algebraic geometry, by David Eisenbud" (PDF). Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. (N.S.). 33 (3): 367–370. doi:10.1090/s0273-0979-96-00662-3. 
  7. ^ Dolgachev, Igor (2001). "Review: The geometry of schemes, by David Eisenbud and Joe Harris" (PDF). Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. (N.S.). 38 (4): 467–473. doi:10.1090/s0273-0979-01-00911-9. 

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