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Ciprian Manolescu : biography

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Ciprian Manolescu (born December 24, 1978) is a Romanian mathematician, working in gauge theory, symplectic geometry, and low-dimensional topology. He is currently a Professor of Mathematics at the University of California, Los Angeles.


He completed his first 8 classes at School no. 11 Mihai Eminescu and his secondary education at Ion Brătianu High School in Piteşti. He did his undergrad and Ph.D. at Harvard University under the direction of Peter B. Kronheimer. He was the winner of the Morgan Prize, awarded jointly by AMS-MAA-SIAM, in 2002. His undergraduate thesis was on Finite dimensional approximation in Seiberg–Witten theory, and his Ph.D. thesis topic was A spectrum valued TQFT from the Seiberg–Witten equations.

He was among the handful of recipients of the Clay Research Fellowship (2004–2008).

In 2012 he was awarded one of the ten prizes of the European Mathematical Society for his work on low-dimensional topology, and particularly for his role in the development of combinatorial Heegaard Floer homology.


He has one of the best records ever in mathematical competitions:

  • He holds the sole distinction of writing three perfect papers at the International Mathematical Olympiad: Toronto, Canada (1995); Bombay, India (1996); Mar del Plata, Argentina (1997).
  • He placed in the top 5 on the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition for college undergraduates in 1997, 1998, and 2000.
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