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The Founding Director

John W. Morgan

Contact Information
413 Simons Center for Geometry and Physics
Stony Brook University
Stony Brook, NY 11794-3636
Tel: 631-632-2800 (Main Desk)
Email: jmorgan at scgp.stonybrook.edu

Biographical Sketch
John Morgan is the founding Director of the Simons Center for Geometry and Physics. He has
responsibility for and oversight of all the intellectual activities at the Center as well as its operations and
gold standard LEED certified building. As Director, he reports to the SCGP Board of Trustees and to the
Provost of Stony Brook University. He also chairs the SCGP Scientific Advisory Committee to determine
the breadth and focus of the many varied visitor programs at the Center. Dr. Morgan well known for his
work in topology and geometry; is a former Chair of Mathematics at Columbia University; and a member
of the National Academies of Science.

Degrees
Rice University Mathematics B.A. 1968
Rice University Mathematics Ph.D. 1969

Appointments
2009–Present Director, Simons Center for Geometry and Physics, Stony Brook University
2004–2008 Professor and Chair, Department of Mathematics, Columbia University
1989–1991 Professor and Chair, Department of Mathematics, Columbia University
2010 –         Professor Emeritus, Department of Mathematics, Columbia University
1977– 2010 Professor, Department of Mathematics, Columbia University
1974–1977 Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, Columbia University
1972–1974 Assistant Professor, Department of Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of
Technology
1969–1972 Instructor and Lecturer, Department of Mathematics, Princeton University

Select Publications
M1. J. Morgan, “Recent Progress on the Poincaré Conjecture and the Classification of 3-
Manifolds,” AG/8505272, Amer. Math. Soc. 22, (2004) 57-78.
M2. J. Morgan and G. Tian, “Ricci Flow and the Poincaré Conjecture,” Clay Mathematics
Monographs, Vol. 3 Amer. Math. Soc. Providence, 200, 554 pages.
M3. J. Morgan, Ricci Flow and Thurston’s Geometrization Conjecture, p. 105-137 in “Low
Dimensional Topology,” edited by T. Mrowka and P. Ozsvath, IAS/Park City Mathematics
Series, Vol. 15, Amer. Math. Soc. Providence, 2009.
M4. J. Morgan and F. Fong, Lecture Notes on the Poincaré Conjecture, Stanford University,
2008-2009, accepted for publication in the University Lecture Series, Amer. Math. Soc., 2009.

Synergistic Activities
2010 International Congress of Mathematicians, Organizing Committee for the Geometry.
Chair AMS Committee to Select Winner of the Veblen Prize, 2003-2004;
Member, Steering Committee, IAS/Park City Institute, 1994-2000, 2000-2004;
Member, Board of Trustees, MSRI, Berkeley 1986-1994, Chair 1989-1994;
Member, Committee of Science Policy of AMS, 1992-1995, Chair, 1995;
Member, International Congress of Mathematicians, Organizing Committee for Topology,
1990 and 1994;
Member, Organizing Committee for Special Year in Low Dimensional Topology, MSRI, 1984-
1985;
Organizer, IAS/Park City Summer Institute in Mathematics, 1994; Member, Sloan Graduate
Mathematics Fellowship Panel, 1994-1999.

Collaborators and Other Affiliations
Visiting Professor: Department of Mathematics, Stanford University, 2008-2009.
Member, Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques, 2000-2001.
Member, Institute for Advanced Study, 1996-1997.
Visiting Lecturer, Princeton University, 1994-1996.
Visiting Professor, Harvard University, 1989-1990.
Member, MSRI, 1984-1985.
Professeur etranger, Université de Paris, Sud, 1975-1976.
Member, Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques, 1974-1976