
Personal bio
Ravi Vakil is a Professor of Mathematics and the Robert K. Packard University Fellow. He is an algebraic geometer, and his work touches on many other parts of mathematics, including topology, string theory, applied mathematics, combinatorics, number theory, and more. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1997, and taught at Princeton and MIT before moving to Stanford in 2001. He has received the Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching, the American Mathematical Society Centennial Fellowship, the Frederick E. Terman fellowship, an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship, the NSF CAREER grant, and the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers. He has also received the CoxeterJames Prize from the Canadian Mathematical Society, and AndreAisenstadt Prize from the CRM in Montreal. He was the 2009 Earle Raymond Hedrick Lecturer at Mathfest, and will be the Mathematical Association of America's Polya Lecturer 20122014. He has served as an informal advisor to the new website mathoverflow. He works extensively with talented younger mathematicians at all levels, from high school (through math circles, camps, and olympiads), through recent Ph.D.'s. Currently teaching 