Michael Harris (mathematician)

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Michael Howard Harris (born 1954) is an American mathematician who deals with number theory and algebra. He made notable contributions to the Langlands program, for which he (alongside Richard Taylor) won the 2007 Clay Research Award.[1] In particular, he (jointly with Taylor), proved the local Langlands conjecture for GL(n) over a p-adic local field in (Harris & Taylor 2001), and was part of the team that proved the Sato–Tate conjecture.


Harris attained his doctorate from Harvard University in 1977, under supervision of Barry Mazur. His thesis, entitled "On p-Adic Representations Arising from Descent on Abelian Varieties", was later published in Compositio Mathematica.[2]


  • Harris, Michael; Taylor, Richard (2001). The geometry and cohomology of some simple Shimura varieties (with appendix by V. G. Berkovich). Annals of Mathematical Studies. Number 151. Princeton U. Press. viii+276. [3]
  • Harris, Michael (2015). Mathematics without Apologies: Portrait of a Problematic Vocation. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press. ISBN 9781400852024. 

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  1. ^ http://www.gap-system.org/~history/Societies/Clay.html
  2. ^ Harris, Michael H. (1979). "On p-adic Representations arising from Descent on Abelian Varieties". Compositio Mathematica. 39: 177–245. 
  3. ^ Roche, Alan (2001). "Review: The geometry and cohomology of some simple Shimura varieties, by Michael Harris and Richard Taylor, with an appendix by Vladimir G. Berkovich" (PDF). Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. (N.S.). 40 (2): 239–246. doi:10.1090/S0273-0979-03-00977-7. 


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