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David Gay

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Graduate Program Coordinator

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I was born in 1968 in Suacoco County in upcountry Liberia, grew up in Liberia, England, Lesotho and Massachusetts, ended up with a PhD in Mathematics from UC Berkeley in 1999, and have been a professor at the University of Georgia since 2011. I have thought about topology and taught mathematics at many levels around the world, with postdoctoral positions at the University of Arizona, the Nankai Institute of Mathematics, and the University of Quebec, a Senior Lectureship at the University of Cape Town, and, most recently, a visiting position as Hirzebruch Research Chair at the Max Planck Institute of Mathematics in Bonn in 2019–20.

I like topological pictures and here are some that shine some light on my research interests and processes

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I got my PhD at UC Berkeley in 1999 under the supervision of Rob Kirby. I got my undergraduate degree in math from Harvard College in 1991 and then worked for two years for the National Park Service (that was an important part of my education).

Of note:

I'm pretty excited about illustrating mathematics. Here's a picture:

Articles Featuring David Gay

The Creative Teaching Award committee has selected David Gay and graphic design professor Moon Jung Jang as co-winners for a 2020 Creative Teaching Award! 

Events featuring David Gay
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