Personal Profile of Dr. Dan S. Freed
Dan Freed is Professor of Mathematics at the University of Texas in Austin, Texas. He received his BA and MA in 1982 from Harvard University and his PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in 1985 under the supervision of Isadore Singer. While holding a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the National Science Foundation (NSF), he was also a Moore Instructor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Subsequently, Dan was an Assistant Professor at the University of Chicago. He joined the faculty at the University of Texas in 1989. He has held visiting positions at the Institute for Advanced Study, the Institut des Hautes Etudes Scientifiques, and the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics.
Dan has broad mathematical interests in geometry. He has made several contributions to the geometric theory of Dirac operators and related topics in global analysis and topology. His recent work also touches on the representation theory of infinite dimensional groups. Since his graduate student days he has also worked with physicists on geometric and topological problems in quantum field theory and string theory.
Dan has written more than 65 research papers and has co-authored and co-edited several books. His awards include a Sloan Fellowship, an NSF Presidential Young Investigator Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society.
Dan has a longstanding interest and participation in educational issues. He was one of the founders of what is now the Park City/IAS Mathematics Institute, and he served for many years on its Steering Committee.
Dan was a member of the Scientific Advisory Committee at MSRI during the period 2002–06. He currently serves on the Scientific Advisory Committee of the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics and has also served on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Banff International Research Station. He has co-organized more than 25 research conferences in the United States and Europe, many involving both mathematicians and physicists.