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Ian Agol

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Nationality  American
Fields  Mathematics
Role  Mathematician
Name  Ian Agol

Ian Agol

Born  May 13, 1970 (age 45)Hollywood, California (1970-05-13)
Institutions  University of California, Berkeley
Alma mater  California Institute of TechnologyUniversity of California, San Diego
Doctoral students  Shawn RafalskiChristopher K Atkinson
Known for  Virtually Haken conjectureFreedman–He–Wang conjectureWise's conjecture
Notable awards  Veblen Prize in Geometry (2013)Senior Berwick Prize (2012)Clay Research Award (2009)Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics (2016)
Education  University of California, San Diego (1998)
Awards  Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics, Guggenheim Fellowship for Natural Sciences, US & Canada
Similar People  David Gabai, Danny Calegari, Daniel Wise, William Thurston, Michael Freedman

Doctoral advisor  Michael Freedman

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Ian Agol (born May 13, 1970) is an American mathematician who deals primarily with the topology of three-dimensional manifolds.


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Ian Agol: 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics Symposium

Education and career

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Agol obtained his Ph.D. in 1998 from the University of California San Diego with Michael Freedman (Topology of Hyperbolic 3-Manifolds). He is a professor at the University of California, Berkeley and a former professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago.


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In 2004, Agol proved the Marden tameness conjecture, a conjecture of Albert Marden (de). It states that a hyperbolic 3-manifold with finitely generated fundamental group is homeomorphic to the interior of a compact 3-manifold. The conjecture was also independently proven by Danny Calegari and David Gabai, and implies the Ahlfors measure conjecture.

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In 2012 he announced a proof of the virtually Haken conjecture. It states that every aspherical 3-manifold is finitely covered by a Haken manifold.

Awards and honors

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Agol, Calegari, and Gabai received the 2009 Clay Research Award for their proof of the Marden tameness conjecture.

In 2005, Agol was a Guggenheim Fellow. In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.

In 2013, Agol was awarded the Oswald Veblen Prize in Geometry, along with Daniel Wise.

In 2015, he was awarded the 2016 Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics, "for spectacular contributions to low dimensional topology and geometric group theory, including work on the solutions of the tameness, virtually Haken and virtual fibering conjectures."

In 2016 he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.


His twin brother, Eric Agol, is an astronomy professor at the University of Washington in Seattle.


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