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Michael Freedman
Michael Freedman 2010.jpg
Michael Freedman in 2010
Born Michael Hartley Freedman
April 21, 1951 (1951-04-21) (age 64)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Nationality American
Fields Mathematics and condensed matter physics
Institutions Microsoft Station Q
UC Santa Barbara
UC San Diego
Institute for Advanced Study
UC Berkeley
Alma mater Princeton University
University of California, Berkeley
Doctoral advisor William Browder
Known for Work on the Poincaré conjecture in dimension 4
Notable awards Sloan Fellowship (1980)
MacArthur Fellowship (1984)
Oswald Veblen Prize in Geometry (1986)
Fields Medal (1986)
National Medal of Science (1987)
Guggenheim Fellowship (1994)

Michael Hartley Freedman (born 21 April 1951) is an American mathematician, at Microsoft Station Q, a research group at the University of California, Santa Barbara.[1] In 1986, he was awarded a Fields Medal for his work on the Poincaré conjecture. Freedman and Robion Kirby showed that an exotic R4 manifold exists.

Life and career[edit]

Freedman was born in Los Angeles, California, U.S. His father, Benedict Freedman, was an aeronautical engineer, musician, writer, and mathematician.[2] His mother, Nancy Mars Freedman, performed as an actress and also trained as an artist.[3] His parents cowrote a series of novels together. He entered the University of California, Berkeley, in 1968, and continued his studies at Princeton University where he received Ph.D. degree in 1973 for his doctoral dissertation titled Codimension-Two Surgery, written under the supervision of William Browder. After graduating, Freedman was appointed a lecturer in the Department of Mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley. He held this post from 1973 until 1975, when he became a member of the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) at Princeton. In 1976 he was appointed assistant professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). He spent the year 1980/81 at IAS, returning to UCSD, where in 1982 he was promoted to professor. He was appointed the Charles Lee Powell chair of mathematics at UCSD in 1985.

Freedman has received numerous other awards and honors including Sloan and Guggenheim Fellowships, a MacArthur Fellowship and the National Medal of Science. He is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the American Mathematical Society.[4] He currently works at Microsoft Station Q at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where his team is involved in the development of the topological quantum computer.


  • Michael H. Freedman and Frank Quinn, Topology of 4-manifolds, Princeton Mathematical Series, vol 39, Princeton University Press, Princeton, NJ, 1990. ISBN 0-691-08577-3
  • Freedman, Michael H.: Z2-systolic-freedom. Proceedings of the Kirbyfest (Berkeley, CA, 1998), 113–123 (electronic), Geom. Topol. Monogr., 2, Geom. Topol. Publ., Coventry, 1999.
  • Freedman, Michael H.; Meyer, David A.; Luo, Feng: Z2-systolic freedom and quantum codes. Mathematics of quantum computation, 287–320, Comput. Math. Ser., Chapman & Hall/CRC, Boca Raton, FL, 2002.


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Mon, 18 May 2015 04:29:15 -0700

“The racing is pretty good here, but I mainly have only been riding for a couple of trainers here, the ex-pats Michael Freedman in particular and Cliff Brown. A lot of the other trainers have got their jockeys settled in. “I'm going along good, but ...
Brisbane Times
Sun, 17 May 2015 05:32:45 -0700

Singapore trainer Michael Freedman is considering a Melbourne spring carnival assault with unbeaten two-year-old Super One. Freedman and Super One's owners are eyeing the group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington with the colt.

The Daily Telegraph

The Daily Telegraph
Wed, 20 May 2015 20:33:33 -0700

IT sounds like Michael Freedman has unearthed a juvenile sensation in Singapore. Freedman's Super One, a son of I Am Invincible, is unbeaten from three starts, his latest win in the Golden Horseshoe over 1200m on Sunday. And jockey Craig Newitt is ...

Herald Sun

Herald Sun
Mon, 18 May 2015 00:01:18 -0700

MICHAEL Freedman may return from Singapore to his showcase Super One. The two-year-old notched his third consecutive career win in Singapore's 1200m Golden Horseshoe on Sunday night and earned rave reviews from jockey Craig Newitt. “I've ridden ...
PR Newswire (press release)
Tue, 12 May 2015 09:07:30 -0700

... our non-correlated fixed income investment offerings or the unmatched consumer value proposition of a senior life settlement transaction – are gaining recognition across the financial marketplace," stated Michael Freedman, GWG Holdings, Inc.'s ...

Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra

Glasgow South and Eastwood Extra
Tue, 28 Apr 2015 04:48:45 -0700

Some participants went above above and beyond for Good Causes, including wheelchair user Michael Freedman, who completed five laps of the 1km course. He said: “I had been in training for weeks beforehand, and was delighted to complete five circuits ...

Talking Retail

Talking Retail
Mon, 11 May 2015 03:41:15 -0700

Photo of Michael Freedman 150x150 While the vast majority of shoppers still conduct a main shop, shoppers have been telling me recently they are increasingly top-up shopping throughout the week, says Michael Freedman, shopper insight manager at IGD.

Sporting Post

Sporting Post
Wed, 06 May 2015 08:11:15 -0700

... race of the afternoon. Ridden by Corey Brown, you could almost sense the excitement as the pair returned to the winners enclosure and he too should take his place in the field adding another runner to the list of candidates for trainer Michael ...

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