Greg Kuperberg

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Greg Kuperberg
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Born (1967-07-04) July 4, 1967 (age 50)
Alma mater Harvard University
University of California, Berkeley
Scientific career
Institutions Yale University
University of California, Davis
Doctoral advisor Andrew Casson

Greg Kuperberg (born July 4, 1967) is a Polish-born American mathematician known for his contributions to geometric topology, quantum algebra, and combinatorics. Kuperberg is a professor of mathematics at the University of California, Davis.[1] He also maintains the Front for the arXiv.[2] Kuperberg used to moderate sci.math.research from time to time.


Kuperberg is the son of two mathematicians, Krystyna Kuperberg and Włodzimierz Kuperberg. He was born in Poland in 1967, but his family emigrated to Sweden in 1969 due to the 1968 Polish political crisis. In 1972, Kuperberg's family moved to the United States, eventually settling in Auburn, Alabama. Kuperberg wrote three computer games for the IBM Personal Computer in 1982 and 1983: Paratrooper, J-Bird and PC-Man.[3] He enrolled at Harvard University in 1983 and received a bachelor's degree in 1987. He was ranked Top 10 in the 1986 William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition [4]

Upon leaving Harvard, Kuperberg studied at the University of California, Berkeley under Andrew Casson, receiving a Ph.D. in geometric topology and quantum algebra in 1991. From 1991 until 1992, Kuperberg was a NSF postdoctoral fellow and adjunct assistant professor at Berkeley, and from 1992 to 1995 held a Dickson Instructorship at the University of Chicago. From 1995 through 1996, Kuperberg was Gibbs Assistant Professor at Yale University after which he joined the mathematics faculty at the University of California, Davis.[5] In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[6]

Kuperberg is married to physicist Rena Zieve, who is a professor of physics at UC Davis.[1]

Selected publications[edit]

Kuperberg has over fifty publications, including two in the Annals of Mathematics.

  • The quantum G2 link invariant, Internat. J. Math. 5 (1994), no. 1, 61-85.
  • Non-involutory Hopf algebras and 3-manifold invariants, Duke Math. J. 84 (1996), 83-129.
  • Generalized counterexamples to the Seifert conjecture, Ann. of Math. (2) 144 (1996), no. 3, 547-576.
  • Symmetry classes of alternating-sign matrices under one roof, Ann. of Math. (2) 156 (2002), no. 3, 835-866.
  • A subexponential-time quantum algorithm for the dihedral hidden subgroup problem, arXiv:0302112 (quant-ph).
  • Numerical cubature using error-correcting codes, arXiv:0402047 (math.NA).


  1. ^ a b Greg Kuperberg, Greg Kuperberg, retrieved March 8, 2008.
  2. ^ About the Front and the arXiv, retrieved April 13, 2009.
  3. ^ Loguidice, Bill (2014). Vintage Game Consoles: An Inside Look at Apple, Atari, Commodore, Nintendo, and the Greatest Gaming Platforms of All Time. CRC Press. p. 93. ISBN 9781135006518. 
  4. ^ J. J. O'Connor and E. F. Robertson, Krystyna M Trybulec Kuperberg, retrieved March 8, 2008; retrieved March 8, 2008; Paratrooper (DOS, 1982), retrieved March 8, 2008.; Theory of Computing, About the Authors, retrieved March 8, 2008.
  5. ^ Theory of Computing, About the Authors; "Three Outstanding Mathematicians Join the Department", 1996, retrieved March 8, 2008.
  6. ^ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2013-01-27.

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