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Department of Mathematics
UC San Diego
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Michael Freedman
Professor Emeritus of Mathematics
Education
Ph.D. Mathematics, Princeton University, 1973
Biography

Michael Freedman studied at Princeton University where he received Ph.D. degree in 1973 for his doctoral dissertation titled Codimension-Two Surgery, written under the supervision of William Browder. After graduating, Freedman was appointed a lecturer in the Department of Mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley. He held this post from 1973 until 1975, when he became a member of the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) at Princeton. In 1976 he was appointed assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He spent the year 1980/81 at IAS, returning to UCSD, where in 1982 he was promoted to professor. He was appointed the Charles Lee Powell chair of mathematics at UCSD in 1985.

Freedman has received numerous other awards and honors including Sloan and Guggenheim Fellowships, a MacArthur Fellowship and the National Medal of Science. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

He currently works at Microsoft Station Q at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where his team is involved in the development of the topological quantum computer.

Honors
  • Fields Medal
  • National Medal of Science
  • Member of the National Academy of Sciences
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • California Scientist of the Year Award
  • MacArthur Foundation Fellowship
  • Oswald Veblen Prize in Geometry
  • Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship
Updated 05/05/2021 02:45 PM