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UC San Diego
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Richard Hamilton
Professor Emeritus of Mathematics
Ph.D. Mathematics, Princeton University, 1966

Richard Streit Hamilton received his B.A in 1963 from Yale University and Ph.D. in 1966 from Princeton University. Hamilton has taught at UC Irvine, UC San Diego, Cornell University, and Columbia University.

Hamilton's mathematical contributions are primarily in the fields of differential geometry and geometric analysis. Hamilton was awarded the Oswald Veblen Prize in Geometry in 1996 and the Clay Research Award in 2003. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1999 and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003.

On March 18, 2010, it was announced that Grigori Perelman had met the criteria to receive the first Clay Millennium Prize for his proof of the Poincare conjecture. On July 1, 2010, Perelman turned down the prize, saying that he believes his contribution in proving the Poincare conjecture was no greater than that of Hamilton, who first suggested a program for the solution. In June 2011, it was announced that the Shaw Prize would be split equally between Hamilton and Demetrios Christodoulou.

  • Member of the National Academy of Sciences
  • Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Shaw Prize
  • Leroy P. Steele Prize
  • Oswald Veblen Prize in Geometry
  • Clay Research Award
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