Mikhail Leonidovich Gromov currently holds the title of Jay Gould Professor of Mathematics at the New York University Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, and is a member of the Institute of Advanced Scientific Studies (IHÉS). Prior to his current position, Gromov taught at Stony Brook University, the University of Paris VI, and the University of Maryland. Born in Boksitogorsk, Russia, Gromov completed his master’s in mathematics at Leningrad State University in 1965, and his PhD in 1969.
Gromov has been influential in the areas of geometry and analysis. In particular, Gromov is known as the originator of geometric group theory, which studies the relationship between geometric and algebraic properties. From his work, numerous models, conjectures, and theories have emerged that are tied to his name, including Gromov’s compactness theorem, the Gromov-Hausdorff convergence, Gromov’s Betti number theorem, the Bishop-Gromov inequality in Riemannian geometry, and Gromov-Witten invariants.
Notable works from Gromov include Metric Structures for Riemannian and Non-Riemannian Spaces.
For his work, Gromov has received awards and honors such as the Prize of the Mathematical Society of Moscow, the Oswald Veblen Prize in Geometry, the Wolf Prize in Mathematics, and the Abel Prize.
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