He received his Ph.D. from the Royal Institute of Technology in 1980. His doctoral advisor was Professor Harold S. Shapiro. He was a visiting scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study in the summer of 1989. He became a Professor of Mathematics at the Royal Institute of Technology in 1991.
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