Stanford mathematics professor honored with major award

CIPRIAN MANOLESCU, a mathematics professor in Stanford’s School of Humanities and Sciences, has been named a Simons Investigator. The award is given by the Simons Foundation in New York to outstanding scientists doing theoretical research in mathematics, physics, astrophysics, or computer science. Manolescu was recognized for his work in topology, the study of geometric shapes with regard only to those properties that are unchanged by stretching and bending.

Ciprian Manolescu. (Image credit: Chloe Reynolds)

News of the award came as a “very pleasant surprise,” Manolescu said. “It’s a major recognition and a signal that we’re doing good research here. I hope it will help us recruit more talented students and postdocs.”

One of Manolescu’s accomplishments is proof of the existence of higher-dimensional shapes that cannot be triangulated or built out of simpler pieces. “We can imagine geometric shapes of any number of dimensions, and I am mostly interested in understanding the four-dimensional ones,” he said. Higher-dimensional spaces are used by physicists in models of the universe and by computer scientists to model distributed networks.

The award includes an initial appointment of five years, research support of $100,000 per year, and an additional $10,000 per year provided to the recipient’s department.

Read the full article on the School of Humanities and Sciences website.