Larry Guth

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Larry Guth
Alma materYale University, MIT
AwardsSalem Prize (2013)
Clay Research Award (2015)
Scientific career
InstitutionsStanford, University of Toronto, New York University, MIT
Doctoral advisorTomasz Mrowka

Lawrence David Guth is a professor of mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.[1]

Education and career[edit]

Guth received his Ph.D. in 2005 from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology under the supervision of Tomasz Mrowka.[2]

He has previously worked at [3] the New York University's Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences and at the University of Toronto.


In his research, Guth has strengthened Gromov's systolic inequality for essential manifolds[4] and, along with Nets Katz, found a solution to the Erdős distinct distances problem.[5] His wide-ranging interests include the Kakeya conjecture and the systolic inequality.


Guth is the 2013 winner of the Salem Prize.[citation needed]

He won an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship in 2010.[6] He was an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in India in 2010, where he spoke about systolic geometry.[7][8] In 2014 he received a Simons Investigator Award.[9] In 2015 he received the Clay Research Award.[10]

He was included in the 2019 class of fellows of the American Mathematical Society "for contributions to harmonic analysis, combinatorics and geometry, and for exposition of high level mathematics".[11]


He is the son of physicist Alan Guth known for the theory of Inflation in cosmology.[citation needed]