Emmy Murphy

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Emmy Murphy is an American mathematician who works in the area of symplectic topology.

Education and career[edit]

Murphy graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 2007,[1] the first in her family to earn a college degree.[2] She completed her doctorate at Stanford University in 2012; her dissertation, Loose Legendrian Embeddings in High Dimensional Contact Manifolds, was supervised by Yakov Eliashberg.[1][3]

She was a C. L. E. Moore instructor and assistant professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology[1] before moving in 2016 to Northwestern University, where she is an associate professor of mathematics.[4]


Murphy won a Sloan Research Fellowship in 2015, and in the same year was awarded a prize by the Royal Academy of Science, Letters and Fine Arts of Belgium for her work on contact geometry.[1][2] In 2017, she won the Joan & Joseph Birman Research Prize in Topology and Geometry of the Association for Women in Mathematics.[5][2] She was an invited speaker at the 2018 International Congress of Mathematicians, speaking in the section on geometry.[6]

In 2019, Murphy was one of three recipients of a 2020 New Horizons in Mathematics prize awarded by the Breakthrough Prize Foundation.[7][8]


  1. ^ a b c d Curriculum vitae (PDF), Northwestern University, September 9, 2017, retrieved 2018-02-24
  2. ^ a b c "Murphy Awarded AWM Birman Prize" (PDF), Mathematics People, Notices of the American Mathematical Society, 63 (8): 943, September 2016
  3. ^ Emmy Murphy at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  4. ^ Faculty, Northwestern University Department of Mathematics, retrieved 2018-02-24
  5. ^ "Emmy Murphy", Past Birman Award Recipients, Association for Women in Mathematics, retrieved 26 January 2019
  6. ^ "Speakers", ICM 2018, archived from the original on 2017-12-07, retrieved 2018-02-24
  7. ^ Northwestern's Emmy Murphy Wins Prestigious 'New Horizons' Prize, retrieved 2019-09-20
  8. ^ 2020 New Horizons in Mathematics Prize, retrieved 2019-09-20