Mike Develin

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Michael Lee Develin
Born (1980-08-27) August 27, 1980 (age 36)
Hobart, Tasmania
Nationality American
Fields Mathematics
Institutions D. E. Shaw & Co.
Alma mater Harvard University
University of California, Berkeley
Doctoral advisor Bernd Sturmfels

Michael Lee Develin (born August 27, 1980) is an American mathematician known for his work in combinatorics and discrete geometry. He currently leads the analytics team at Instagram.

Early life[edit]

Mike Develin was born in Hobart, Tasmania. He moved to the United States with his Korean mother, living in New York City. He attended Stuyvesant High School, where he was captain of the math team,[1] and entered Harvard University at the age of 16. At 22, he received his PhD from UC-Berkeley, doing his dissertation on Topics in Discrete Geometry. He was awarded the 2003 American Institute of Mathematics five-year fellowship.[2]


Develin is a 2-time Putnam fellow.[3] He studied under advisor Bernd Sturmfels at UC-Berkeley, and has been noted for work on Stanley's reciprocity theorem and tight spans. His 2004 paper, "Tropical Convexity", with Sturmfels, is regarded as one of the seminal papers of tropical geometry, garnering over 150 citations to date.[4]


On January 23, 2014, Develin published a satirical note on behalf on Facebook's data science team, predicting the demise of Princeton University, in response to a research paper by Princeton PhD candidates predicting the demise of Facebook.[5]


Develin started playing competitive bridge in 2005.



Personal life[edit]

Develin was naturalized as an American citizen in 2010. He currently resides in San Francisco, California.

Develin organized and maintains SimBase, a simulated baseball league with fictitious players, whose inaugural members also included Jeopardy! champion Joon Pahk.[7][8]

Develin occasionally sets up a "free advice" table near the San Francisco Ferry Building.[9]


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