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Boston College Mathematics Professor Tao Li Elected An American Mathematical Society Fellow

prestigious honor recognizes contributions to the field

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (November 2015)—Boston College Professor of Mathematics Tao Li has been elected a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society (AMS). 

Li—one of 50 distinguished mathematicians from around the world to be selected among the 2016 cohort—was recognized with the prestigious honor for his contributions to low-dimensional topology, especially the topology of three-manifolds.

Tao Li
Tao Li

“I am delighted to see Prof. Li's outstanding scholarship recognized in this way,” said James P. McIntyre Professor of Mathematics and Department Chairperson Solomon Friedberg. “His election highlights the quality of mathematical scholarship being carried out in our department and its impact upon the broader mathematical community.

“Prof. Li's selection as a Fellow is a well-deserved honor for him, and also another landmark for the BC Math Department as a whole,” added Friedberg, who was elected a 2014 AMS Fellow. “I offer my sincere congratulations to Tao!”

According to the AMS, the Fellows program recognizes members who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication and utilization of mathematics.

“I am honored and excited to be elected an AMS fellow,” said Li, who joined the BC faculty in 2005. “I would like to thank all my colleagues for their support.  This honor is also a recognition of the contribution that the BC Math Department makes to mathematics.”

Li’s research is primarily focused on the topology and geometry of three-dimensional manifolds, which have striking geometric and combinatorial structures.

One goal of his research, according to his faculty web site, is to explore the connections between these structures and other areas of mathematics, such as knot theory and geometric group theory.

Li’s other honors and awards include a Liftoff Fellowship from the Clay Mathematics Institute and an Alfred P. Sloan Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship.

A reception to welcome the 2016 Fellows will take place during the Joint Mathematics Meetings, January 6-9, 2016.

American Mathematical Society
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