Tadashi Tokieda

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Tadashi Tokieda
EducationLycée Sainte-Marie Grand Lebrun[1]
Alma materSophia University[1]
University of Oxford
Princeton University
Spouse(s)Lisa Willis
AwardsPaul R. Halmos–Lester R. Ford Award (2014)[2]
Scientific career
InstitutionsPrinceton University
Cambridge University
Stanford University
Doctoral advisorWilliam Browder
Doctoral studentsAnik 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 eight countries.[12]

Selected publications[edit]

  • Tokieda, Tadashi (2013). "Roll Models". The American Mathematical Monthly. 120 (3): 265–282. doi:10.4169/amer.math.monthly.120.03.265.
  • Childress, Stephen; Spagnolie, Saverio E.; Tokieda, Tadashi (2011). "A bug on a raft: recoil locomotion in a viscous fluid". Journal of Fluid Mechanics. 669: 527–556. doi:10.1017/S002211201000515X.
  • Montaldi, James; Tokieda, Tadashi (2003). "Openness of momentum maps and persistence of extremal relative equilibria". Topology. 42: 833–844. doi:10.1016/S0040-9383(02)00047-2.
  • Aref, Hassan; Newton, Paul K.; Stremler, Mark A.; Tokieda, Tadashi; Vainchtein, Dmitri L. (2003). "Vortex Crystals". Advances in Applied Mechanics. 39: 1–79. doi:10.1016/s0065-2156(02)39001-x.
  • Tokieda, Tadashi (2001). "Tourbillons dansants". Comptes Rendus de l'Académie des Sciences, Série I. 333: 943–946. doi:10.1016/S0764-4442(01)02162-0.
  • Tokieda, Tadashi (1998). "Mechanical Ideas in Geometry". The American Mathematical Monthly. 105 (8): 697–703. doi:10.2307/2588986. JSTOR 2588986.


  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. ^ "Paul R. Halmos - Lester R. Ford Awards - Mathematical Association of America". www.maa.org.
  3. ^ https://mathematics.stanford.edu/people/faculty-lecturers/
  4. ^ 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. ^ "Tadashi Tokieda - The Mathematics Genealogy Project". www.genealogy.math.ndsu.nodak.edu.
  8. ^ homepage Archived 2016-06-05 at the Wayback Machine at Trinity Hall
  9. ^ "Tadashi Tokieda's bio". www.dpmms.cam.ac.uk.
  10. ^ "Tadashi Tokieda". 25 September 2013.
  11. ^ homepage at Stanford University
  12. ^ Stony Brook University (27 October 2016). "Five Questions With Tadashi Tokieda" – via YouTube.

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