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Personal Profile of Dr. David Eisenbud

Biography

David Eisenbud served as Director of MSRI from 1997 to 2007, and began a new term in 2013.

He received his PhD in mathematics in 1970 at the University of Chicago under Saunders MacLane and Chris Robson, and was on the faculty at Brandeis University before coming to Berkeley, where he became Professor of Mathematics in 1997. He served from 2009 to 2011 as Director for Mathematics and the Physical Sciences at the Simons Foundation, and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Foundation. He has been a visiting professor at Harvard, Bonn, and Paris. Eisenbud’s mathematical interests range widely over commutative and non-commutative algebra, algebraic geometry, topology, and computer methods.

Eisenbud is Chair of the Editorial Board of the Algebra and Number Theory journal, which he helped found in 2006, and serves on the Board of the Journal of Software for Algebra and Geometry, as well as Springer-Verlag’s book series Algorithms and Computation in Mathematics.

Eisenbud was President of the American Mathematical Society from 2003 to 2005. He is a Director of Math for America, a foundation devoted to improving mathematics teaching. He has been a member of the Board of Mathematical Sciences and their Applications of the National Research Council, and is a member of the U.S. National Committee of the International Mathematical Union. In 2006, Eisenbud was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Eisenbud’s interests outside of mathematics include theater, music and juggling. He is co-author of a paper on the mathematics of juggling. He plays the flute and sings Bach, Brahms, Schubert, Schumann….

Current/Future Committee Membership
Name Office Start Date End Date
Board of Trustees Director, 8/1/13-7/31/17 Mar 01, 2009 Feb 28, 2017
Committee on Public Understanding Director, ex officio Aug 01, 2013 Jul 31, 2017
Committee on Public Understanding Director, ex officio Aug 01, 2013 Jul 31, 2017
Committee on Trustees Director, 8/1/13-7/31/17 Aug 01, 2013 Jul 31, 2017
Committee on Women in Mathematics Director, ex officio Aug 01, 2013 Jul 31, 2017
Development Committee Chair & Director (8/1/13-7/31/17) Dec 12, 2012 Feb 28, 2017
Directorate Director Aug 01, 2013 Jul 31, 2017
Education Committee Ex officio, Director Aug 01, 2013 Jul 31, 2017
Educational Advisory Committee Ex officio, Director Mar 01, 2008 Jul 31, 2017
Endowment Campaign Committee Chair & Director (8/1/13-7/31/17) Mar 05, 2011 Jul 31, 2017
Evaluation Committee Director Aug 01, 2013 Jul 31, 2017
Finance Committee Director, 8/1/13-7/31/17 Mar 08, 2012 Jul 31, 2017
Human Resources Advisory Director Aug 01, 2013 Jul 31, 2017
Investment Committee Director Aug 01, 2013 Jul 31, 2017
Scientific Advisory Committee Ex officio, Director Aug 01, 2013 Jul 31, 2017
Steering Committee Director, ex officio Aug 01, 2013 Jul 31, 2017

Past Committee Membership
Name Office Start Date End Date
Board of Trustees Ex-officio Trustee (Director) Jul 01, 1997 Jul 31, 2007
Building Committee Ex-officio (Director) Sep 13, 2000 Mar 31, 2006
Building Oversight Committee Ex-officio (Director) Feb 27, 2003 Mar 31, 2006
Capital Campaign Committee Ex-officio (Director) Jun 05, 2001 Jul 31, 2007
Committee of Academic Sponsors Ex-officio (Director) Mar 01, 2003 Jul 31, 2007
Committee on Trustees Ex-officio (Director) Mar 01, 2003 Jul 31, 2007
Committee on Trustees May 26, 2009 Mar 01, 2010
Committee on Trustees Jul 28, 2010 Mar 01, 2011
Committee on Trustees Aug 17, 2011 Feb 29, 2012
Committee on Trustees Jul 02, 2012 Feb 28, 2013
Corporate Partners Committee Ex-officio (Director) Mar 01, 2003 Jul 31, 2007
Development Committee Ex-officio (Director) Mar 01, 2003 Jul 31, 2007
Directorate Director Jul 01, 1997 Jul 31, 2007
Education Committee Ex-officio (Director) Mar 01, 2003 Jul 31, 2007
Educational Advisory Committee Ex-officio (Director) Mar 01, 2003 Jul 31, 2007
Evaluation Committee Ex-officio (Director) Mar 01, 2003 Jul 31, 2007
Finance Committee Ex-officio (Director) Jul 01, 1997 Jul 31, 2007
Human Resources Advisory Ex-officio (Director) Jul 01, 1997 Jul 31, 2007
Long Range Planning Committee Ex-officio (Director) Mar 01, 2005 Apr 01, 2006
Scientific Advisory Committee Ex-officio (Director) Jul 01, 1997 Jul 31, 2007
Steering Committee Director Jul 01, 1997 Jul 31, 2007
  1. Workshop Critical Issues in Mathematics Education 2014: The role of the mathematics department in the mathematical preparation of teachers

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    Mar 26, 2014
    Wednesday
    04:00 PM - 04:15 PM
      Plenary Session: Welcome and Workshop Overview
    David Eisenbud (MSRI - Mathematical Sciences Research Institute), Jim Lewis (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
  2. Summer Graduate School Toric Varieties

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    Jun 24, 2009
    Wednesday
    02:00 PM - 03:00 PM
      Toric Varieties- D. Eisenbud
    David Eisenbud (MSRI - Mathematical Sciences Research Institute)
  3. Workshop MSRI's 25th Anniversary Celebration

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    Jan 29, 2008
    Tuesday
    04:00 PM - 06:00 PM
      Panel Discussion MSRI: Past, Present, and Future
    Alejandro Adem (University of British Columbia), Lenore Blum (Carnegie-Mellon University), Robert Bryant (Duke University), Tony Chan (University of California, Los Angeles), David Eisenbud (MSRI - Mathematical Sciences Research Institute), Calvin Moore (University of California, Berkeley), Alvin Thaler
  4. Workshop The Mathematical Knowledge for Teaching (K-8): Why, What and How?

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    May 25, 2005
    Wednesday
    05:00 PM - 06:15 PM
      Welcome and Introduction
    David Eisenbud (MSRI - Mathematical Sciences Research Institute), Jim Lewis (University of Nebraska-Lincoln)
    May 28, 2005
    Saturday
    10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
      What Are the Critical Next Steps with Respect to Policy? What are Directions for Research? Come Back to Evidence.
    Deborah Ball (University of Michigan), Ruth Cossey (Mills College), David Eisenbud (MSRI - Mathematical Sciences Research Institute), Jeremy Kilpatrick