Group Representations, Lie Theory
David Vogan received the B.A. and S.M. degrees from the University of Chicago in 1974, and the Ph.D. from MIT in 1976 under the direction of Bertram Kostant. He continued as an Instructor, and Member of the Institute for Advanced Study, before joining the MIT mathematics faculty in 1979. His research interests include group representations and Lie algebras. He is a member of the research group Atlas of Lie groups and representations, which in 2007 computed the character table of the Lie group E8, attracting a great deal of international press.
Professor Vogan served as Chair of the Undergraduate Committee, 1984-85, 1986-87, 1996-97, and of the Graduate Committee 1993-94, 1995-96. He chaired the Pure Mathematics Committee, 1997-99, before serving as Department Head, 1999-04. He served as President of the American Mathematical Society (2013-15). A former Sloan fellow, Professor Vogan was selected by the Department Faculty as the Robert E. Collins Distinguished Scholar in 2007. In 2011, he received the AMS Levi L. Conant Prize for his article, "The character table for E_8," Notices AMS, vol. 54 (2007). He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences (1996) and member of the National Academy of Sciences (2013). He was selected to be the Norbert Wiener Professor of Mathematics, effective July 2014. He retired from MIT as Emeritus Professor July 2020.