Noam Elkies in 2007
Noam D. Elkies (born 1966 in
New York
City) is an American mathematician and chess master.
At age 14, Elkies received a gold medal with perfect score at the
International
Mathematical Olympiad.
Elkies graduated from Stuyvesant High
School in 1982 and went on to Columbia University, where he won the
Putnam competition at the age of sixteen years and four months,
making him one of the youngest Putnam Fellows in history. He
was a
Putnam Fellow
two more times during his undergraduate years.
After graduating as
valedictorian at age 18, summa in Mathematics and Music, he earned
his Ph.D., at age 20, under supervision of Benedict Gross and Barry Mazur at Harvard University.
In 1987, he proved that an
elliptic
curve over the rational numbers is
supersingular at
infinitely many primes. In 1988, he disproved
Euler's sum of powers
conjecture for fourth powers.
His work on these problems won him recognition and a position as an
associate professor at Harvard in 1990. In 1993, he was made a
full,
tenured professor at the age of 26.
This made him the youngest full professor in the history of
Harvard, surpassing the record previously held by
Alan Dershowitz and
Lawrence Summers (who were made full
professors at age 28).
Elkies, along with
A. O. L. Atkin, extended
Schoof's algorithm to create the
Schoof-Elkies-Atkin
algorithm.
He is an accomplished
composer and
solver of
chess problems (winning the 1996
World Chess Solving
Championship) and
musical
compositions. He has discovered many new patterns in
Conway's Game of Life and has studied
the mathematics of
still
life patterns in that cellular automaton rule.
Elkies is also renowned for his knowledge of the connections
between mathematics and music. He sits on the Advisory Board of the
Journal of Mathematics and Music.
Elkies is
also a fellow at Harvard's Lowell House. He is a faculty adviser to the Harvard
Israel Review.
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