Boston College Professor and Chair of Mathematics G. Robert Meyerhoff has been selected as a fellow of the American Mathematical Society, a coveted professional and academic honor.

An association dedicated to the interests of mathematical research and scholarship, the AMS chooses fellows for outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication, and utilization of mathematics. Among other purposes, the AMS Fellows program supports the advancement of more mathematicians in leadership positions in their own institutions and in the broader society, and creates an enlarged class of mathematicians recognized by their peers as distinguished for their contributions to the profession.

A Boston College faculty member since 1993, Meyerhoff pursues research involving the three theories on the geometric structure of the universe, Euclidean, spherical, and hyperbolic. His work focuses specifically on understanding the nature of hyperbolic 3-manifolds by analyzing their size or volume. Utilizing the research of numerous mathematicians, Meyerhoff and his collaborators previously proved that the smallest volume hyperbolic 3-manifold is the so-called Weeks Manifold, the culmination of 30 years of work.

In 2012, Meyerhoff was awarded a fellowship by the Simons Foundation, a New York City-based private institution that sponsors programs to advance the frontiers of research in mathematics and science.

“I’m delighted to receive this honor from the American Mathematical Society,” said Meyerhoff. “I’ve been fortunate to have spent the bulk of my career at Boston College. BC’s decision to build strong and focused groups in math and to start a Ph.D. program has greatly benefitted my work: Three of our doctoral graduates have been working with me and have been instrumental in the success of these ventures.

“The atmosphere at the BC Mathematics Department is terrific, and I’ve had many, many productive math conversations with the Geometry and Topology group here.”

“Rob Meyerhoff has made fundamental advances in geometry, focusing on the study of 3-manifolds,” said his colleague, McIntyre Professor of Mathematics Solomon Friedberg. “His 2009 jointly published paper is described in Math Reviews as ‘a milestone in the study of orientable hyperbolic 3-manifolds of low volume.’ This recognition for his groundbreaking work is well-deserved.”

Meyerhoff joins Friedberg and departmental colleagues Professors Avner Ash, Martin Bridgeman, and Tao Li as having been selected as an AMS fellow.

“Professor Meyerhoff’s selection as an AMS Fellow is a fitting recognition of his distinguished scholarship,” added Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences Dean Gregory Kalscheur, S.J. “With Rob joining a group of four other AMS Fellows in our Mathematics Department, it is clear that Boston College is making a remarkable contribution to leadership in the discipline. Congratulations to Rob and to the whole department.”

University Communications | December 2020