Minhyong Kim

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Minhyong Kim
Born1963 (age 54–55)
NationalitySouth Korean
Alma materSeoul National University (B.S., 1985)
Yale University (Ph.D., 1990)
Known forArithmetical Algebraic Geometry
AwardsHo-Am Prize (2012)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Oxford
Doctoral advisorSerge Lang, Barry Mazur
Korean name
Revised RomanizationGim Minhyeong
McCune–ReischauerKim Minhyǒng

Minhyong Kim is a South Korean mathematician who specialises in arithmetical algebraic geometry. He received his PhD at Yale University in 1990 under the supervision of Serge Lang and Barry Mazur, going on to work in a number of universities, including M.I.T., Columbia, Arizona, Purdue, the Korea Institute for Advanced Study, and UCL (University College London). He is currently Professor of Number Theory and Fellow of Merton College[1] at the University of Oxford.

His most notable contribution to number theory has been the application of arithmetic homotopy to the study of Diophantine problems, especially to finiteness theorems of the Faltings–Siegel type.

In 2012, Minhyong Kim received the Ho-Am Prize for Science,[2] with the Ho-Am committee citing him as "one of the leading researchers in the area of arithmetic algebraic geometry".


  • 1982 - 1985 B.S. Department of Mathematics, Seoul National University
  • 1985 - 1990 Ph.D. Department of Mathematics, Yale University


Grants and awards[edit]

  • 1991 - 1993 NSF grant DMS-9106444
  • 1997 - 2001 NSF grant DMS-9701489 : ‘Effective Diophantine Geometry over Function Fields’.
  • 1998 - 2002 NSF Group Infrastructure Grant : ‘Southwestern Center for Arithmetic Geometry’, Co-PI with six other researchers from the University of Arizona, UTexas Austin, USC, and the University of New Mexico.
  • 2003 - 2006 NSF Infrastructure grant : ‘Southwestern Center for Arithmetic Geometry’, Co-PI with nine other researchers from the University of Arizona, UTexas Austin, USC, UC Berkeley, and the University of New Mexico.
  • 2005 - 2008 NSF grant DMS-0500504 : ‘Motivic fundamental groups, multiple polylogarithms, and Diophantine geometry’.
  • 2006 - 2008 Japan Society for the Promotion of Science, Core-to-Core program ‘New Developments of Arithmetic Geometry, Motive, Galois Theory, and Their Practical Applications,’ Foreign member
  • 2008 EPSRC grant, 46437, for workshop ‘Non-commutative constructions in arithmetic and geometry’
  • 2009 EPSRC grant, EP/G024979/1, 3-year project on ‘Non-commutative fundamental groups in Diophantine geometry’, March
  • 2012 Ho-Am Prize in Science



  1. ^ "Fellows at Merton College, Oxford". Merton College, Oxford. Retrieved 15 May 2013.
  2. ^ "Past Ho-Am Prizes". Ho-Am Foundation. Retrieved 15 May 2013.