Jacob Fox

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Jacob Fox
Fox at Oberwolfach in 2016
Born1984 (age 39–40)
Alma materPrinceton University
Scientific career
InstitutionsStanford University
Doctoral advisorBenny Sudakov

Jacob Fox (born Jacob Licht in 1984) is an American mathematician. He is a current professor at Stanford University. His research interests are in Hungarian-style combinatorics, particularly Ramsey theory, extremal graph theory, combinatorial number theory, and probabilistic methods in combinatorics.

Fox grew up in West Hartford, Connecticut and attended Hall High School. As a senior he won second place overall and first place in his category in the annual Intel Science Talent Search,[2] also winning the Karl Menger Memorial Prize of the American Mathematical Society for his project. The project was titled "Rainbow Ramsey Theory: Rainbow Arithmetic Progressions and Anti-Ramsey Results"[3] and was based on a research project he did at a six-week summer camp in mathematics, the Research Science Institute (RSI), at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).[4] He also participated in an earlier high school mathematics program at Ohio State University.[5]

Fox became an undergraduate at MIT, and was awarded the 2006 Morgan Prize for several research publications in combinatorics.[5]

Fox completed his PhD in 2010 from Princeton University; his dissertation, supervised by Benny Sudakov, was titled Ramsey Numbers.[6]

Fox worked in the mathematics department at MIT from 2010 to 2014, where he continued to teach classes relating to combinatorics. He was also one of the mentors at the Research Science Institute summer program.[7] He joined the faculty of Stanford University in 2015.[8]

In 2010, Fox was awarded the Dénes Kőnig Prize, an early-career award of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics Activity Group on Discrete Mathematics.[9] He was an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in 2014.[10] He was awarded the Oberwolfach Prize in 2016.[11]


  1. ^ "The Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers: Recipient Details: Jacob Fox". NSF.
  2. ^ Intel STS 2002, retrieved December 9, 2017
  3. ^ Goldstein, Gisele (September 2002), "AMS Menger Prizes at the 2002 ISEF" (PDF), Mathematics People, Notices of the American Mathematical Society, 49 (8): 940
  4. ^ "High-schoolers face off in national sci-tech contest at MIT", MIT News, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, November 7, 2001
  5. ^ a b "2005 Morgan Prize" (PDF), Notices of the American Mathematical Society, 53 (4): 479–480, April 2006
  6. ^ Jacob Fox at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  7. ^ "RSI". math.mit.edu. Retrieved December 4, 2023.
  8. ^ Curriculum vitae (PDF), February 2015, retrieved December 9, 2017
  9. ^ Alumnus Jacob Fox Wins the Konig Prize, Society for Science & the Public, August 23, 2010, retrieved December 9, 2017
  10. ^ Invited section lectures, ICM 2014, archived from the original on January 23, 2020, retrieved December 9, 2017
  11. ^ Oberwolfach Prize 2016 for Junior Mathematicians, retrieved February 11, 2018

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