David Eisenbud


David Eisenbud
David Eisenbud at MSRI in May 2007

David Eisenbud (born 8 April 1947, New York) is an American mathematician. He is a professor of mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley and was Director of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) from 1997 to 2007.

Eisenbud received his Ph.D. in 1970 from the University of Chicago, where he was a student of Saunders Mac Lane and, unofficially, J. C. Robson. He then taught at Brandeis University from 1970 to 1997, during which time he had visiting positions at Harvard University, Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (IHES), University of Bonn, and Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS). He joined the staff at MSRI in 1997, and took a position at Berkeley at the same time.

From 2003 to 2005 Eisenbud was President of the American Mathematical Society.

Eisenbud's mathematical interests include commutative and non-commutative algebra, algebraic geometry, topology, and computational methods in these fields. He has written nearly 150 papers with over 50 co-authors. Notable contributions include the theory of matrix factorizations for maximal Cohen–Macaulay modules over hypersurface rings, the Eisenbud–Goto conjecture on degrees of generators of syzygy modules, and the Buchsbaum–Eisenbud criterion for exactness of a complex. He has had 25 doctoral students, including Gregory G Smith, winner of the Andre Aisenstadt Prize in 2007.

Eisenbud's hobbies are juggling (he has written two papers on the mathematics of juggling) and music.

He was awarded the Leroy P. Steele Prize in 2010.

Selected publications

  • Eisenbud, David (1995). Commutative algebra with a view toward algebraic geometry. Graduate Texts in Mathematics. 150. New York: Springer-Verlag. xvi+785. ISBN 0-387-94268-8. MR1322960. 
  • Eisenbud, David (2005). The geometry of syzygies. A second course in commutative algebra and algebraic geometry. Graduate Texts in Mathematics. 229. New York: Springer-Verlag. xvi+243. ISBN 0-387-22215-4. 

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See also

  • Eisenbud–Levine–Khimshiashvili signature formula



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