Michael J. Larsen

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Michael J. Larsen

Michael Jeffrey Larsen is an American mathematician, a distinguished professor of mathematics at Indiana University Bloomington.[1][2]

Academic biography[edit]

In high school, Larsen tied with four other competitors for the top score in the 1977 International Mathematical Olympiad in Belgrade, winning a gold medal.[3][4] As an undergraduate mathematics student at Harvard University, Larsen became a Putnam Fellow in 1981 and 1983.[5] He graduated from Harvard in 1984,[6] and earned his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1988, under the supervision of Gerd Faltings.[7] After working at the Institute for Advanced Study he joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania in 1990, and then moved to the University of Missouri in 1997.[6] He joined the Indiana University faculty in 2001.[1]


Larsen is known for his research in arithmetic algebraic geometry, combinatorial group theory, combinatorics, and number theory.[1][2] He has written highly cited papers on domino tiling of Aztec diamonds,[8] topological quantum computing,[9][10] and on the representation theory of braid groups.[11]

Awards and honors[edit]

In 2013 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society, for "contributions to group theory, number theory, topology, and algebraic geometry".[12]

Selected publications[edit]


  1. ^ a b c Dawson, Kate (March 6, 2011), "IU gives 5 faculty rank of distinguished professor", Indiana Daily Student .
  2. ^ a b Michael J. Larsen, IU News Room, March 30, 2011.
  3. ^ Shenker, Israel (July 14, 1977), "High School Math Wizards Do It by Numbers and U.S. Is No.1", New York Times .
  4. ^ International Mathematical Olympiad 1977 (Belgrade, Yugoslavia) Individual Scores, Joseph Myers, polyomino.org.uk, retrieved 2012-08-16.
  5. ^ The Mathematical Association of America's William Lowell Putnam Competition, Mathematical Association of America, retrieved 2012-08-16.
  6. ^ a b Member biography, Indiana U. Alliance of Distinguished and Titled Professors, retrieved 2012-08-16.
  7. ^ Michael Jeffrey Larsen at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  8. ^ Elkies et al. (1992).
  9. ^ Freedman, Larsen & Wang (2002a); Freedman et al. (2003).
  10. ^ Klarreich, Erica (February 22, 2003), "Knotty calculations: a quantum version of braids could lay the groundwork for tomorrow's computers", Science News .
  11. ^ Freedman, Larsen & Wang (2002a).
  12. ^ 2014 Class of the Fellows of the AMS, American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2013-11-04.

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