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Boston College Professor of Mathematics Martin Bridgeman has been elected a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society, the fourth member of the Mathematics Department to achieve the distinction.
Bridgeman—one of 65 distinguished mathematicians from around the world to be selected among the 2019 cohort—was recognized for his work in hyperbolic geometry and low-dimensional topology and service to the mathematical community. The Fellows program honors members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication, and utilization of mathematics.
“I’m very honored and humbled to have received this fellowship,” said Bridgeman, whose colleagues Avner Ash, Solomon Friedberg, and Tao Li were previously selected as AMS Fellows. “There are many ways to be a mathematician and part of that process is to find out what kind you are, or want to be. For me, my greatest joys have been to collaborate with my fellow mathematicians as well as to organize workshops and conferences to support the work of others, so that is where much of my efforts go.
“In particular, with the support of Boston College, I founded an annual international conference in Dublin called the William Rowan Hamilton Geometry and Topology Workshop, which has been running now for 14 years and has become an important international event. Mathematically, to have had the opportunity to work with collaborators whom I have admired for much of my early career is reward in itself. So, it means a lot to me personally to be recognized by my peers, especially for my contributions to the math community.”
“I am delighted that Martin Bridgeman has been honored by the American Mathematical Society for his outstanding scholarship as well as for his service to the mathematical community,” said department chair Professor G. Robert Meyerhoff. “His selection as a Fellow is well-deserved and I am happy that Boston College has been able to contribute to his growth as a scholar and mathematician.”