Professor James McKernan FRS

James McKernan

Norbert Wiener Professor of Mathematics, Department of Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

James McKernan is distinguished for his work in algebraic geometry, especially for his contributions to proving the existence of minimal models of complex algebraic varieties in all dimensions. This is the crowning achievement in an area of mathematics that grew out of the Italian classification of algebraic surfaces and Hilbert's fourteenth problem from the early 20th century; it was wholly unexpected and has many consequences. 

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