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For other people named Michael Freedman, see Michael Freedman (disambiguation).
Michael Freedman
Michael Freedman 2010.jpg
Michael Freedman in 2010
Born Michael Hartley Freedman
April 21, 1951 (1951-04-21) (age 63)
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 Oswald Veblen Prize in Geometry (1986)
Fields Medal (1986)
National Medal of Science (1987)

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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Pacific Coast Business Times
Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:11:10 -0700

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Wed, 10 Sep 2014 19:48:45 -0700

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Wed, 03 Sep 2014 07:48:45 -0700

... An der University of California in Santa Barbara befindet sich sich seit diesem Sommer auch Microsofts Quantenforschungslabor Station Q unter der Leitung des schon mit der Fields-Medaille ausgezeichneten Mathematikers Michael Freedman.

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