Tadashi Tokieda

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Tadashi Tokieda
Nationality Japanese
Education Lycée Sainte-Marie Grand Lebrun[1]
Alma mater Sophia University[1]
University of Oxford
Princeton University
Spouse(s) Lisa Willis
Awards Paul R. Halmos–Lester R. Ford Award (2014)[2]
Scientific career
Fields Mathematics
Institutions Princeton University
Cambridge University
Stanford University
Doctoral advisor William Browder
Doctoral students Anik Soulière

Tadashi Tokieda (in Japanese: 時枝 正) is a Japanese mathematician, working in mathematical physics. He is a professor of mathematics at Stanford University;[3] previously he was the Director of Studies in Mathematics[4] at Trinity Hall, Cambridge. He is also very active in inventing, collecting, and studying toys that uniquely reveal and explore real-world surprises of mathematics and physics.[5] In comparison with most mathematicians, he had an unusual path in life: he started as a painter, and then became a classical philologist, before switching to mathematics.[6]

Life and career[edit]

Tokieda was born in Japan and grew up as a painter. He was then educated at Lycée Sainte-Marie Grand Lebrun[1] in France as a classical philologist. According to his personal homepage, he taught himself basic mathematics from Russian collections of problems. He is a 1989 classics graduate from Sophia University[1] in Tokyo and has a 1991 bachelor's degree from Oxford in mathematics (where he studied as a British Council Fellow). He obtained his PhD at Princeton under the supervision of William Browder.[7]

He has been involved in the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences since its beginning in 2003.

In 2004 he was elected a Fellow of Trinity Hall,[8] where he became the Director of Studies in Mathematics and the Stephan and Thomas Körner Fellow.[9]

He was the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Fellow in 2013–2014 at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.[10]

In the academic year 2015–2016 he was the Poincaré Distinguished Visiting Professor at Stanford.[11]

He is fluent in Japanese, French, and English and knows ancient Greek, Latin, classical Chinese, Finnish, Spanish, Russian.[6] So far he has lived in six countries.[4]

Selected publications[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d 数学まなびはじめ 第3集 (in Japanese). Tōkyō: Nihon Hyōronsha. 23 July 2015. pp. 190–203. ISBN 978-4-535-78592-2. 
  2. ^ http://www.maa.org/programs/maa-awards/writing-awards/paul-halmos-lester-ford-awards
  3. ^ https://mathematics.stanford.edu/people/faculty-lecturers/
  4. ^ a b personal homepage at Trinity Hall
  5. ^ homepage at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced study (Harvard)
  6. ^ a b bio at the Modern Mathematics International summer school for students
  7. ^ Tokieda at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  8. ^ homepage Archived 2016-06-05 at the Wayback Machine. at Trinity Hall
  9. ^ https://www.dpmms.cam.ac.uk/~tokieda/Tokieda_bio.html
  10. ^ https://www.radcliffe.harvard.edu/people/tadashi-tokieda
  11. ^ homepage at Stanford University

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