Nominations Committee Member
Pure Mathematics Committee Member
Levinson Professor of Mathematics
Paul Seidel is the Norman Levinson Professor of Mathematics. He joined the MIT math faculty as professor in 2007, following professorship appointments at Imperial College (2002-03) and the University of Chicago (2003-07). In 1994 he received the Diploma in Mathematics from Heidelberg University, and in 1997 the Ph.D. from Oxford University under the direction of Simon Donaldson. At MIT Seidel co-chaired the Graduate Committee in Pure Mathematics from Fall 2012 through Spring 2013. His research interest focus on studies in symplectic topology, mirror symmetry, homological algebra and string theory. He received the Prize of the European Mathematical Society in 2000, and the Junior Faculty Mentoring Award from the University of Chicago in 2006. At the 2010 Joint Mathematics Meeting, Seidel was given the AMS Oswald Veblen Prize in Geometry "for his fundamental contributions to symplectic geometry and, in particular, for his development of advanced methods for computation and symplectic invariants." In 2012 he was selected to be a Simons Investigator by the Simons Foundation and a Fellow of the AMS. He was elected Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2014, and selected by the Department as the next holder of the Norman Levinson Professorship (as of July 2014). During the 2014-15 academic year, Seidel is a Radcliffe fellow.