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**Michael Jeffrey Larsen** is an American mathematician, a distinguished professor of mathematics at Indiana University Bloomington.^{[1]}^{[2]}

Michael Larsen | |
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Nationality | American |

Alma mater | Princeton University Harvard University |

Awards | Putnam Fellow (1981, 1983) |

Scientific career | |

Fields | Mathematics |

Institutions | University of Pennsylvania University of Missouri Indiana University Bloomington |

Thesis | Unitary groups and L-adic representations (1988) |

Doctoral advisor | Gerd Faltings |

In high school, Larsen tied with four other competitors for the top score in the 1977 International Mathematical Olympiad in Belgrade, winning a gold medal.^{[3]}^{[4]} As an undergraduate mathematics student at Harvard University, Larsen became a Putnam Fellow in 1981 and 1983.^{[5]} He graduated from Harvard in 1984,^{[6]} and earned his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1988, under the supervision of Gerd Faltings.^{[7]} After working at the Institute for Advanced Study he joined the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania in 1990, and then moved to the University of Missouri in 1997.^{[6]} He joined the Indiana University faculty in 2001.^{[1]}

His wife Ayelet Lindenstrauss is also a mathematician and Indiana University professor.^{[8]} Their son Daniel at age 13 became the youngest person to publish a crossword in the *New York Times*.^{[9]}

Larsen is known for his research in arithmetic algebraic geometry, combinatorial group theory, combinatorics, and number theory.^{[1]}^{[2]} He has written highly cited papers on domino tiling of Aztec diamonds,^{[10]} topological quantum computing,^{[11]}^{[12]} and on the representation theory of braid groups.^{[13]}

In 2013 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society, for "contributions to group theory, number theory, topology, and algebraic geometry".^{[14]}
He received the E. H. Moore Research Article Prize of the AMS in 2013 (jointly with Richard Pink).

- Elkies, Noam; Kuperberg, Greg; Larsen, Michael; Propp, James (1992), "Alternating-sign matrices and domino tilings. I",
*Journal of Algebraic Combinatorics*,**1**(2): 111–132, arXiv:math.CO/9201305, doi:10.1023/A:1022420103267, MR 1226347, S2CID 41082861. - Freedman, Michael H.; Larsen, Michael; Wang, Zhenghan (2002a), "A modular functor which is universal for quantum computation",
*Communications in Mathematical Physics*,**227**(3): 605–622, Bibcode:2002CMaPh.227..605F, doi:10.1007/s002200200645, MR 1910833, S2CID 8990600. - Freedman, Michael H.; Larsen, Michael J.; Wang, Zhenghan (2002b), "The two-eigenvalue problem and density of Jones representation of braid groups",
*Communications in Mathematical Physics*,**228**(1): 177–199, arXiv:math/0103200, Bibcode:2002CMaPh.228..177F, doi:10.1007/s002200200636, MR 1911253, S2CID 8163385. - Freedman, Michael H.; Kitaev, Alexei; Larsen, Michael J.; Wang, Zhenghan (2003), "Topological quantum computation",
*Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society*,**40**(1): 31–38, arXiv:quant-ph/0101025, doi:10.1090/S0273-0979-02-00964-3, MR 1943131.

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^{a}^{b}^{c}Dawson, Kate (March 6, 2011), "IU gives 5 faculty rank of distinguished professor",*Indiana Daily Student*. - ^
^{a}^{b}Michael J. Larsen, IU News Room, March 30, 2011. **^**Shenker, Israel (July 14, 1977), "High School Math Wizards Do It by Numbers and U.S. Is No.1",*New York Times*.**^**International Mathematical Olympiad 1977 (Belgrade, Yugoslavia) Individual Scores, Joseph Myers, polyomino.org.uk, retrieved 2012-08-16.**^**The Mathematical Association of America's William Lowell Putnam Competition, Mathematical Association of America, retrieved 2012-08-16.- ^
^{a}^{b}Member biography, Indiana U. Alliance of Distinguished and Titled Professors, retrieved 2012-08-16. **^**Michael Jeffrey Larsen at the Mathematics Genealogy Project**^**Howell, Brittani (February 20, 2017). "Indiana 7th grader becomes crossword puzzle creator".*AP News*.**^**Shortz, Will (14 Feb 2017). "The Youngest Crossword Constructor in New York Times History".*The New York Times*. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2017-03-25.**^**Elkies et al. (1992).**^**Freedman, Larsen & Wang (2002a); Freedman et al. (2003).**^**Klarreich, Erica (February 22, 2003), "Knotty calculations: a quantum version of braids could lay the groundwork for tomorrow's computers",*Science News*.**^**Freedman, Larsen & Wang (2002a).**^**2014 Class of the Fellows of the AMS, American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2013-11-04.

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