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

William Fulton | |
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Born | |

Nationality | American |

Alma mater | Princeton University |

Awards | Leroy P. Steele Prize (2010) |

Scientific career | |

Fields | Mathematics |

Institutions | University of Michigan University of Chicago Brown University Brandeis University |

Doctoral advisor | Gerard Washnitzer |

Other academic advisors | John Milnor John Coleman Moore Goro Shimura |

Doctoral students | Robert Lazarsfeld |

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*.

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]}

*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.

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^{a}^{b}Announcement of the 1996 Steele Prizes at the American Mathematical Society web site, accessed July 15, 2009. **^**University of Michigan mathematics department, alphabetical faculty listing, accessed November 13, 2011.**^**"View from the Chair's Office - Fulton Named Distinguished Mel Hochster University Professor". University of Michigan. Retrieved 3 April 2022.**^**http://www.ams.org/ams/press/steele-lifetime-2010.html AMS announcement of 2010 Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement**^**List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2012-12-29.**^**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.

- Fulton's home page at the University of Michigan