Alexander von Humboldt Professorship 2016

William Crawley-Boevey

The mathematician William Crawley-Boevey is looked upon as a pioneer in the field of representation theory and algebras.

  • Nominating University: Bielefeld University

Mathematics

The mathematician William Crawley-Boevey is looked upon as a pioneer in the field of representation theory and algebras. Being a theoretical researcher with a penchant for particularly thorny questions he has made important contributions to solving core mathematical challenges like Horn's problem, the Deligne-Simpson problem and Kac-Moody Lie algebras. He has developed seminal concepts in the theory of tame algebras, which govern representation theory to this day, and broken new paths in investigating the connections between representation theory and geometry. Together with his current work on vector bundles and the analysis of Riemann surfaces, this is the topic that still captures his imagination.

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William Crawley-Boevey at Bielefeld University

Brief bio

Born in the United Kingdom in 1960, Bill Crawley-Boevey took his doctorate at the University of Cambridge and embarked on his academic career at the University of Liverpool, UK, in 1985. After periods spent in Bielefeld and Oxford, he moved to the University of Leeds where he has been a professor since 2001. He has also held a visiting professorship at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute at the University of California in Berkeley, USA. Crawley-Boevey is a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society and a Member of the London Mathematical Society, which also awarded him the Berwick Prize. In October 2016 he took up his position as a Humboldt Professor in Bielefeld.

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