Joe Harris (mathematician)


Joe Harris (mathematician)

Joseph Daniel Harris (born 1951), known nearly universally as Joe Harris, is a mathematician at Harvard University working in the field of algebraic geometry. He attended college at and received his Ph.D. from Harvard in 1978 under Phillip Griffiths.

During the 1980s he was on the faculty of Brown University, moving to Harvard around 1988Fact|date=September 2008. He served as chair of the department at Harvard from 2002-2005. His work is characterized by its classical geometric flavor: he has claimed that nothing he thinks about could not have been imagined by the Italian geometers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and that if he has had greater success than they, it is because he has access to better tools.

Harris is well-known for several of his books on algebraic geometry, notable for their informal presentations:
* "Principles of Algebraic Geometry" ISBN 978-0471050599, with Phillip Griffiths
* "Geometry of Algebraic Curves, Vol. 1" ISBN 978-0387909974, with Enrico Arbarello, Maurizio Cornalba, and Phillip Griffiths
* | year=1991 | volume=129, with William Fulton
*
* | year=2000 | volume=197, with David Eisenbud
* "Moduli of Curves" ISBN 978-0387984384, with Ian Morrison

Harris has supervised 34 Ph.D. students (as of 2008), including Rahul Pandharipande and Ravi Vakil.

External links

* [http://www.genealogy.math.ndsu.nodak.edu/html/id.phtml?id=18748 The Mathematics Genealogy Project page for Joe Harris]


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