Karl Mahlburg

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Karl Mahlburg
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Karl Mahlburg and Kathrin Bringmann (2009)
Nationality United States
Fields Mathematics
Institutions LSU
Alma mater Harvey Mudd College
University of Wisconsin–Madison
Doctoral advisor Ken Ono

Karl Mahlburg is an American mathematician whose research interests lie in the areas of modular forms, partitions, combinatorics and number theory.

He submitted a paper to Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) entitled Partition Congruences and the Andrews-Garvan-Dyson Crank in 2005, and the paper won the PNAS first Paper of the Year prize.[1]

The paper extends a result first conjectured by Srinivasa Ramanujan and later detailed by Freeman Dyson, George Andrews, Frank Garvan, and Mahlburg's advisor Ken Ono called the crank having to do with congruence patterns in partitions. Until recently such congruence patterns were only known to occur for 5, 7, and 11. Mahlburg's result extends this to all prime numbers.[2]

Mahlburg was an undergraduate at Harvey Mudd College, where he graduated with highest distinction in 2001 with a B.S. in Mathematics. In 2006, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin–Madison with a Ph.D. in Mathematics. He is currently on the mathematics faculty at LSU.


  1. ^ "PNAS Paper of the Year". 28 March 2006. Retrieved 17 July 2006. 
  2. ^ "Classic maths puzzle cracked at last". New Scientist. 21 March 2005. 

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