Alex Eskin

The University of Chicago

Election Year: 2015
Primary Section: 11, Mathematics
Membership Type: Member


Alex Eskin is the Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of Chicago. Eskin was born in Kiev, Ukraine in 1965. He obtained his PhD at Princeton University in 1993, and has been a member of the faculty at the University of Chicago since 1995. Eskin was an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in 1998 and 2010, and was awarded the Clay Research Award in 2007. He was named a Simons Investigator in 2014. Eskin is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.

Research Interests

Most of Eskin's research has been related to the study of dynamical systems and ergodic theory on spaces of geometric origin, such as locally symmetric spaces or the moduli space of compact Riemann surfaces. Results in this area have several applications to number theory and mathematical physics, and also deep connections to other branches of mathematics such as algebraic geometry.

Eskin has also worked on some of the more analytical aspects of Geometric Group Theory, and in particular on quasi-isometric rigidity.

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