Phillip Griffiths

Not to be confused with Phillip Griffith, another American mathematician also working in algebraic geometry.
For those of a similar name, see Philip Griffiths (disambiguation).
Phillip Griffiths

Phillip Griffiths in 2008
(photo from MFO)
Born (1938-10-18) October 18, 1938
Raleigh, North Carolina
Nationality American
Fields Mathematics
Institutions University of California, Berkeley
Princeton University
Harvard University
Duke University
Institute for Advanced Study
Alma mater Wake Forest College (B.S.) (1959)
Princeton University (Ph.D) (1962)
Doctoral advisor Donald C. Spencer
Doctoral students Herbert Clemens
Howard Garland
Joe Harris
Wilfried Schmid
Notable awards Chern Medal (2014)
Leroy P. Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement (2014)
Wolf Prize (2008)
Brouwer Medal (2008)
Leroy P. Steele Prize (1971)

Phillip Augustus Griffiths IV (born October 18, 1938) is an American mathematician, known for his work in the field of geometry, and in particular for the complex manifold approach to algebraic geometry. He was a major developer in particular of the theory of variation of Hodge structure in Hodge theory and moduli theory.

Professional career

He received his B.S. from Wake Forest College in 1959 and his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1962 working under Donald Spencer. Since then, he has held positions at Berkeley (1962–1967), Princeton (1967–1972), Harvard University (1972–1983), and Duke University (1983–1991). From 1991 to 2003 he was the Director of the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, New Jersey. He has published on algebraic geometry, differential geometry, geometric function theory, and the geometry of partial differential equations.

Griffiths serves as the Chair of the Science Initiative Group.[1] He is co-author, with Joe Harris, of Principles of Algebraic Geometry, a well-regarded textbook on complex algebraic geometry.[2]

Awards and honors

In 2008 he was awarded the Wolf Prize (jointly with Deligne and Mumford)[3] and the Brouwer Medal.[4] In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[5] Moreover, in 2014 Griffiths was awarded the Leroy P. Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement by the American Mathematical Society.[6] Also in 2014, Griffiths was awarded the Chern Medal for lifetime devotion to mathematics and outstanding achievements.

Selected publications




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