William Fulton (mathematician)


William Edgar Fulton (born August 29, 1939) is an American mathematician, specializing in algebraic geometry.

William Fulton
William Fulton at Oberwolfach in 2006
Born (1939-08-29) August 29, 1939 (age 84)
Alma materPrinceton University
AwardsLeroy P. Steele Prize (2010)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Michigan
University of Chicago
Brown University
Brandeis University
Doctoral advisorGerard Washnitzer
Other academic advisorsJohn Milnor
John Coleman Moore
Goro Shimura
Doctoral students

Education and career


He received his undergraduate degree from Brown University in 1961 and his doctorate from Princeton University in 1966. His Ph.D. thesis, written under the supervision of Gerard Washnitzer, was on The fundamental group of an algebraic curve.

Fulton worked at Princeton and Brandeis University from 1965 until 1970, when he began teaching at Brown. In 1987 he moved to the University of Chicago.[1] He is, as of 2011, a professor at the University of Michigan.[2]

Fulton is known as the author or coauthor of a number of popular texts, including Algebraic Curves and Representation Theory.

Andrew Kresch was one of his doctorial students.

Awards and honors


In 1996 he received the Steele Prize for mathematical exposition for his text Intersection Theory.[1] Fulton is a member of the United States National Academy of Sciences since 1997; a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences from 1998, and was elected a foreign member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences in 2000.[3] In 2010, he was awarded the Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement.[4] In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[5]

Selected works

  • Algebraic Curves: An Introduction To Algebraic Geometry, with Richard Weiss. New York: Benjamin, 1969. Reprint ed.: Redwood City, CA, USA: Addison-Wesley, Advanced Book Classics, 1989. ISBN 0-201-51010-3. Full text online.
  • William Fulton (1998), Intersection theory, Ergebnisse der Mathematik und ihrer Grenzgebiete. 3. Folge. A Series of Modern Surveys in Mathematics [Results in Mathematics and Related Areas. 3rd Series. A Series of Modern Surveys in Mathematics], vol. 2 (2nd ed.), Berlin, New York: Springer-Verlag, doi:10.1007/978-1-4612-1700-8, ISBN 978-3-540-62046-4, MR 1644323 1st edn. 1984.[6]
  • Fulton, William; Harris, Joe (1991). Representation Theory, A First Course. Graduate Texts in Mathematics. Vol. 129. Berlin, New York: Springer-Verlag. ISBN 978-0-387-97495-8. MR 1153249.

See also



  1. ^ a b Announcement of the 1996 Steele Prizes at the American Mathematical Society web site, accessed July 15, 2009.
  2. ^ University of Michigan mathematics department, alphabetical faculty listing, accessed November 13, 2011.
  3. ^ "View from the Chair's Office - Fulton Named Distinguished Mel Hochster University Professor". University of Michigan. Retrieved 3 April 2022.
  4. ^ http://www.ams.org/ams/press/steele-lifetime-2010.html AMS announcement of 2010 Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement
  5. ^ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2012-12-29.
  6. ^ Kleiman, Steven L. (1985). "Review: Intersection theory, by W. Fulton and Introduction to intersection theory in algebraic geometry, by W. Fulton" (PDF). Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. (N.S.). 12 (1): 137–143. doi:10.1090/s0273-0979-1985-15319-4.