Yiannis N. Moschovakis

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Yiannis N. Moschovakis
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Born Yiannis Nicholas Moschovakis
(1938-01-18) January 18, 1938 (age 80)
Athens, Greece
Alma mater University of Wisconsin–Madison
Known for Effective descriptive set theory
Scientific career
Fields Mathematics
Institutions UCLA
Doctoral advisor Stephen Kleene
Doctoral students Alexander S. Kechris

Yiannis Nicholas Moschovakis (Greek: Γιάννης Μοσχοβάκης; born January 18, 1938) is a set theorist, descriptive set theorist, and recursion (computability) theorist, at UCLA.

His book Descriptive Set Theory (North-Holland) is the primary reference for the subject. He is especially associated with the development of the effective, or lightface, version of descriptive set theory, and he is known for the Moschovakis coding lemma that is named after him.


Moschovakis earned his Ph.D. from University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1963 under the direction of Stephen Kleene, with a dissertation entitled Recursive Analysis. In 2015 he was elected as a fellow of the American Mathematical Society "for contributions to mathematical logic, especially set theory and computability theory, and for exposition".[1]

For many years he has split his time between UCLA and University of Athens (he retired from the latter in July 2005).

Moschovakis is married to Joan Moschovakis, with whom he gave the 2014 Lindström Lectures at the University of Gothenburg.[2]



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