Professor Mark Gross FRS
Mark Gross is a pure mathematician specializing in mirror symmetry, which had its origins in string theory in the late 1980s. Mirror symmetry began with an observation that two very different geometric calculations gave the same result, leading to astonishing mathematical predictions entailing the equality of mathematically disparate objects. Since then, the quest to understand this mysterious correspondence has led to significant growth in a variety of different flavours of geometry.
Working with Bernd Siebert, Gross has developed a program for studying mirror symmetry within algebraic geometry. This program has now had impact far beyond its original remit, and was recognized by an invitation to the International Congress of Mathematicians in 2014 and the Clay Research Award in 2016.
Mark Gross is a Professor of Pure Mathematics at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of King's College, Cambridge. He obtained his Ph.D from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1990, studying with Robin Hartshorne, and has held posts at Cornell, Warwick, and University of California, San Diego, before moving to Cambridge in 2013.