Kenneth Millett

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Kenneth C. Millett (born 1941) is a professor of mathematics at the University of California, Santa Barbara.[1] His research concerns low-dimensional topology, knot theory, and the applications of knot theory to DNA structure;[2] his initial is the "M" in the name of the HOMFLY polynomial.[3]

Millett graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1963 with a bachelor's degree in mathematics.[1] He earned his Ph.D. in 1967 from the University of Wisconsin under the supervision of Edward R. Fadell.[4] After short-term instructor positions at the University of California, Los Angeles and MIT, he joined the UCSB faculty in 1969 and was promoted to professor in 1979.[1]

Millett won the Carl B. Allendoerfer Award of the Mathematical Association of America in 1989 and the Chauvenet Prize in 1991 for a paper on knot theory with W. B. R. Lickorish.[5] He became a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2000.[1] In 2012, he became one of the inaugural fellows of the American Mathematical Society.[6]

Selected publications[edit]

  • with Eric J. Rawdon, Andrzej Stasiak: "Subknots in ideal knots, random knots, and knotted proteins". Sci. Rep. 5: 8928. 2015. doi:10.1038/srep08928. PMC 4354144. PMID 25753957.
  • with Michal Jamroz, Wanda Niemyska, Eric J. Rawdon, Andrzej Stasiak, Piotr Sułkowski, Joanna I. Sulkowska: "KnotProt: a database of proteins with knots and slipknots". Nucleic Acids Res. 43: D306–D314. 28 January 2015. doi:10.1093/nar/gku1059. PMC 4383900. PMID 25361973.
  • with Joanna I. Sułkowska, Eric J. Rawdon, Jose N. Onuchic, Andrzej Stasiak: "Conservation of complex knotting and slipknotting patterns in proteins". Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 109 (26): E1715–E1723. 26 June 2012. doi:10.1073/pnas.1205918109. PMC 3387036. PMID 22685208.
  • with D. Jonish: "Isotopy invariants of graphs". Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 327: 655–702. 1991. doi:10.1090/s0002-9947-1991-1062189-2. MR 1062189.
  • with P. Freyd, D. Yetter, J. Hoste, W. B. R. Lickorish and A. Ocneanu: "A new polynomial invariant of knots and links". Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. (N.S.). 12: 239–246. 1985. doi:10.1090/s0273-0979-1985-15361-3. MR 0776477.
  • "Piecewise linear embeddings of balls into contractible manifolds". Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 70: 85–86. 1978. doi:10.1090/s0002-9939-1978-0467761-5. MR 0467761.
  • "Piecewise linear bundles in the metastable range". Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 216: 337–350. 1976. doi:10.1090/s0002-9947-1976-0423361-7. MR 0423361.
  • Piecewise linear concordances and isotopies. Memoirs of the AMS. 1974. MR 0365585.
  • "Normal structures for locally flat embeddings". Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 20: 580–584. 1969. doi:10.1090/s0002-9939-1969-0246306-3. MR 0246306.
  • "Nonsingular sections to Euclidean bundles". Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 144: 127–143. 1969. doi:10.1090/s0002-9947-1969-0253356-4. MR 0253356.


  1. ^ a b c d Curriculum vitae, retrieved 2015-02-09.
  2. ^ Wertheim, Margaret (Winter 2005–2006), "Where the Wild Things Are: An Interview with Ken Millett", Cabinet Magazine, 20.
  3. ^ Manturov, Vassily (2004), Knot Theory, CRC Press, p. 57, ISBN 9780203402849.
  4. ^ Kenneth Millett at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  5. ^ Writing Awards: The New Polynomial Invariants of Knots and Links, MAA, retrieved 2015-02-09.
  6. ^ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2015-02-08.

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