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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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23 news items

New York Times

New York Times
Sat, 12 Jul 2014 21:15:31 -0700

Alice Lee Pennington and Jacob Michael Freedman were married Saturday at the Whittemore House, the home of the Woman's National Democratic Club, in Washington. Rabbi Deborah Reichmann officiated, with the Rev. Peter M. Folan, a Roman Catholic ...

TechWeekEurope UK

TechWeekEurope UK
Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:18:45 -0700

Station Q, based at the University of California, Santa Barbara will work on ways to construct machines with multiple quantum bits (qubits), under the leadership of Dr Michael Freedman, a mathematician and winner of the prestigious Fields Medal.


Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:11:15 -0700

Michael Freedman, director of Station Q, and Microsoft researchers are devising ways of bringing such big-problem-solving systems to fruition. First, they have to solve the problem of "fussy" qubits. "A bump in temperature, a bit of electricity, a ...
PR Web (press release)
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:52:30 -0700

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TheNewswire.ca (press release)
Mon, 07 Jul 2014 17:22:30 -0700

Commenting on Dr. Giuffre's election to the Board, Michael Freedman, Chairman, said, "We are delighted to welcome Michael to the Board and look forward to the benefits of his extensive medical and health policy knowledge, leadership experience and ...
Dutch IT-channel
Tue, 29 Jul 2014 23:56:15 -0700

Michael Freedman, een Amerikaans wiskundige. Hij is verbonden aan Microsoft Station Q. In 1986 ontving Freedman een Fields Medal voor zijn werk aan het vermoeden van Poincaré. Freedman en Robion Kirby toonden aan dat een exotische R4-variëteit ...


Fri, 25 Jul 2014 12:07:30 -0700

Para ello, Microsoft tiene algunas de las mejores mentes de nuestra generación, incluyendo ganadores del premio Turing, así como de la Medalla Fields, el mayor reconocimiento para avances en matemáticas, como Michael Freedman, por ejemplo, uno de ...
Mon, 28 Jul 2014 02:11:03 -0700

De klassieke computers van vandaag (gaande van de laptops en smartphones over pc's tot supercomputers) zijn eigenlijk niet veel meer dan uitlopers van de originele Turing-machine, zo zegt Michael Freedman van Station Q, waar Microsoft onderzoek doet ...

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