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James McKernan

James McKernan

Professor James McKernan FRS


Elected: 2011


James McKernan is a distinguished mathematician whose work has been crucial in the field of algebraic geometry. As such, he has made significant advancements in the study of the solutions to algebraic equations — which are equations involving unknown variables and a vital element of algebraic geometry.

His key contributions to algebraic geometry are considered his crowning accomplishments, which build on mathematics from the 1800s and 1900s. In partnership with colleague Christopher Hacon, James received the Cole Prize in algebra in 2009 — one of the highest distinctions in algebra — and the Clay Research Award in 2007.

James is currently Professor of Mathematics at the University of California, San Diego, in the United States. He was a professor at MIT from 2007–2013 where he was revered for his excellent teaching skills. In 2010, he was invited to give a talk at the International Congress of Mathematicians, on the topic of algebraic geometry.

Interest and expertise

Subject groups

  • Mathematics
    • Pure mathematics
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