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Chern Professors

Chern Professors

The Chern Professorship is named for Shiing-Shen Chern, one of MSRI’s founders, and was established through the generosity of his children, May Chu and Paul Chern, and his former collaborator Jim Simons. Shiing-Shen Chern (1911–2004) was an outstanding contributor to research in differential geometry and devised the now named Chern characteristic classes in fibre spaces. He also gave proof of the famous Gauss-Bonnet formula. Chern received an M.S. degree from Tsinghua University in Beijing, and a doctor of sciences degree from the University of Hamburg (Germany). In 1949, Chern accepted the chair of geometry at the University of Chicago and moved to the University of California, Berkeley, in 1960. He was elected member of the United States National Academy of Sciences a year later. After his retirement from UC Berkeley, Chern was one of the three founders of MSRI and acted as its first director (1981–84). He was awarded the National Medal of Science in 1975 and the Wolf Prize in 1983.


Chern Professors 2019-20

  • Anton Zorich

    Anton Zorich

    Holomorphic Differentials in Mathematics and Physics
    Fall 2019
  • Andrew Neitzke

    Andrew Neitzke

    Holomorphic Differentials in Mathematics and Physics
    Fall 2019
  • Victor Ostrik

    Victor Ostrik

    Quantum Symmetries
    Spring 2020
  • Rafe Mazzeo

    Rafe Mazzeo

    Holomorphic Differentials in Mathematics and Physics
    Fall 2019
  • Richard Melrose

    Richard Melrose

    Holomorphic Differentials in Mathematics and Physics
    Fall 2019
  • Emily Riehl

    Emily Riehl

    Higher Categories and Categorification
    Spring 2020
  • Ulrike Tillmann

    Ulrike Tillmann

    Higher Categories and Categorification
    Spring 2020

Chern Professors 2018-19

  • Bhargav Bhatt

    Bhargav Bhatt

    Derived Algebraic Geometry
    Spring 2019
  • Hélène Esnault

    Hélène Esnault

    Birational Geometry and Moduli Spaces / Derived Algebraic Geometry
    Spring 2019
  • Christopher Hacon

    Christopher Hacon

    Derived Algebraic Geometry
    Spring 2019
  • Chenyang Xu

    Chenyang Xu

    Birational Geometry and Moduli Spaces
    Spring 2019
  • Jeffrey Lagarias

    Jeffrey Lagarias

    Hamiltonian Systems, from Topology to Applications through Analysis
    Fall 2018
  • Vered Rom-Kedar

    Vered Rom-Kedar

    Hamiltonian Systems, from Topology to Applications through Analysis
    Fall 2018
  • Zensho Yoshida

    Zensho Yoshida

    Hamiltonian Systems, from Topology to Applications through Analysis
    Fall 2018

Chern Professors 2017-18