Jim Geelen

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Jim Geelen
Residence Waterloo, ON
Fields Combinatorial optimization
Institutions University of Waterloo
Alma mater University of Waterloo
Doctoral advisor William H. Cunningham
Notable awards Fulkerson Prize

Jim Geelen is a professor at the Department of Combinatorics and Optimization in the faculty of mathematics at the University of Waterloo, where he holds the Canada Research Chair in Combinatorial optimization.[1] He is known for his work on Matroid theory and the extension of the Graph Minors Project to representable matroids. In 2003, he won the Fulkerson Prize with his co-authors A. M. H. Gerards, and A. Kapoor for their research on Rota's conjecture.[2][3] In 2006, he won the Coxeter–James Prize presented by the Canadian Mathematical Society.[4]

He received a Bachelor of Science degree in 1992 from Curtin University in Australia, and obtained his Ph.D. in 1996 at the University of Waterloo under the supervision of William Cunningham.[5] After brief postdoctoral fellowships in the Netherlands, Germany, and Japan, he returned to the University of Waterloo in 1997.[6]


  1. ^ Jim Geelen at the Canada Research Chairs website.
  2. ^ 2003 Fulkerson Prize citation, retrieved 2012-08-18.
  3. ^ Geelen, James F.; Gerards, A. M. H.; Kapoor, Ajai (2000), "The Excluded Minors for GF(4)-Representable Matroids" (PDF), J. Comb. Theory, Ser. B, 79 (2): 247–299, doi:10.1006/jctb.2000.1963 
  4. ^ Winners of the Coxeter–James Prize.
  5. ^ Jim Geelen at the Mathematics Genealogy Project.
  6. ^ "2006 Coxeter James Prize" (PDF).