Ling Long (mathematician)

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Ling Long
ResidenceBaton Rouge, Louisiana,
Alma materPenn State (Ph. D), Tshinghua University (B.S)
AwardsRuth I. Michler Memorial Prize Winner,

NSF grant #DSM-1001332 (2010-2013), NSA Young Investigator Research Grant (2008-2010), ISU ADVANCE program scholar (2008-2010), Number Theory Foundation Seminar Fund (2005-2006,2006-2007), AWM-NSF mentoring travel grant (Summer 2005, Summer 2006), Foreign Travel Grant (Faculty Senate Committee: Iowa State University; Summer 2005), Postdoc at the Institute for Advanced Study (2002-2003), Liftoff Research Fellowship grant (Clay mathematical Institute: 2002),

Pritchard Dissertation Fellowship (Pennsylvania State University: 2002)
Scientific career
FieldsMathematics: Number Theory
InstitutionsLouisiana State University, Iowa State University, Institute for Computational and Experimental Research in Mathematics (ICERM) at Brown University (Fall 2015: Research Fellow), Cornell University (2012-2013: Michler Fellow), University of California at Santa Cruz (Spring 2010), National Center for Theoretical Sciences (NCTS) in Taiwan (Summer 2007, 2009, 2009, 2011, 2013), Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques (IHES; Summer 2005), Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS; 2002-2003; member), Sun Yat-Sen University in Guangzhou China (Mini course: Topics in Number Theory for advanced undergraduate students)
Doctoral advisorWen-Ch'ing (Winnie) Li (Pennsylvania State University), Noriko Yui (Queen's University)
Doctoral studentsChris Kurth (2009), Joohyung Kim (2005)

Ling Long is a Chinese mathematician whose research concerns modular forms, elliptic surfaces, and dessins d'enfants,[1][2] as well as number theory in general. She is a professor of mathematics at Louisiana State University.[3]

Ling Long was born in the 1970s in China. She is the oldest child in a family of four; Ling has one younger brother.[4]

Long studied mathematics, computer science, and engineering at Tsinghua University, graduating in 1997.[1] She went to Pennsylvania State University for her graduate studies; her dissertation, Modularity of Elliptic Surfaces She worked with Noriko Yui, visiting from Queen's University, in her time as a graduate student. She was supervised and influenced by Winnie Li[5][1].

After postdoctoral research at the Institute for Advanced Studies, Long joined the faculty at Iowa State University in 2003. She was the 2012–2013 winner of the Ruth I. Michler Memorial Prize of the Association for Women in Mathematics.[1][2] She spent the 2012–2013 term at Cornell University with funding from the Ruth I. Michler Memorial Prize. During this time, she conducted research in Galois representations with Ravi Ramakishna, and published a paper called "Some supercongruences occurring in truncated hypergeometric series".[6] After her time at Cornell, she moved to Louisiana State.

Social Factors[edit]

Long acknowledged that there was a stigma against women pursuing math careers when she was growing up, and that it was unusual for girls to continue math after the age of twelve. However, she didn't let the opinions of others influence her decision to become a mathematician.[4] Long participated in the Women in Number Theory (WIN) conference in 2008.[7] While completing her PhD, she was influenced greatly by her supervisor, Wen-Ching Winnie Li. Li proved to be an influential mentor and role model for Long, especially in the midst of self-doubt as to whether she possessed the creativity needed for such a high level of mathematics.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d Ling Long wins Ruth I. Michler Memorial Prize, Association for Women in Mathematics, February 25, 2012
  2. ^ a b "Long Awarded Michler Prize" (PDF), Mathematics People, Notices of the American Mathematical Society, 59 (5): 691, May 2012
  3. ^ Ling Long, Louisiana State University Department of Mathematics, retrieved 2018-02-19
  4. ^ a b c [personal conversation]
  5. ^ Ling Long at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  6. ^ "Some supercongruences occurring in truncated hypergeometric series". Advances in Mathematics. 290: 773–808. 2016-02-26. arXiv:1403.5232. doi:10.1016/j.aim.2015.11.043. ISSN 0001-8708.
  7. ^ "WIN (2008) – Women in Number Theory". Retrieved 2018-07-17.

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