Maury Bramson is a mathematician who works in several areas of probability theory, including interacting particle systems, stochastic networks, and branching processes. Bramson was born in New York City and grew up in greater Los Angeles. He graduated with a degree in mathematics at UC Berkeley after having also attended UC San Diego and the UC Education Abroad Program at the University of Goettingen. He obtained a masters degree in statistics at Stanford University and a Ph.D. in mathematics from Cornell University in 1977, after which he was an instructor at the Courant Institute. He is on the mathematics faculty at the University of Minnesota, having also been on the mathematics faculties at the University of Wisconsin and UC Davis. He spoke at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Berlin, is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and is an American Mathematical Society fellow and an Institute of Mathematical Statistics fellow.

Research Interests

My research in probability theory mainly involves models from interacting particle systems, stochastic networks, and branching processes. Most of these models are motivated by phenomena or problems arising in mathematical physics, mathematical biology, engineering, and computer science. This includes the study of Gaussian free fields and the rate of decrease of the
particle density for certain particle systems; the study of particle systems such as voter models and the contact process that are motivated by the movement of populations and spread of disease; and the study of the stability and large scale behavior of queueing networks, which includes the paradoxical behavior of queueing networks with slower input than service, which
nonetheless may be unstable.

Membership Type


Election Year


Primary Section

Section 32: Applied Mathematical Sciences

Secondary Section

Section 11: Mathematics