Yair Minsky appointed the Einar Hille Professor of Mathematics
Yair N. Minsky, newly named as the Einar Hille Professor of Mathematics, focuses his research on three-dimensional topology, hyperbolic geometry, and Riemann surface theory (Teichmüller theory).
Minsky’s undergraduate courses include linear algebra, calculus, geometry and group theory, measure theory, and functional analysis, among other topics. He teaches graduate-level courses in differential geometry, differential topology, algebraic topology, Teichmüller theory, and the topology of three-manifolds, among other subjects. He has supervised 10 Ph.D. dissertations.
Minsky earned an M.S. from Columbia University and an undergraduate degree and Ph.D. in mathematics from Princeton University. He served as a Gibbs Instructor at Yale and as a postdoctoral fellow at Technion-Israel Institute of Technology before joining the University of Michigan as an assistant professor of mathematics. Minsky moved to the State University of New York-Stony Brook where he became an associate professor before joining the Yale faculty in 2003 as a full professor of mathematics. He served as chair of the Department of Mathematics at Yale for a four-and-a-half-year term, starting in 2010.
The Yale professor’s research has been supported by numerous grants from the National Science Foundation and the United States-Israel Binational Science Foundation. He has received several Alfred P. Sloan research fellowships and IBM graduate fellowships. Minsky has published more than 40 articles in scholarly journals and is a member of the editorial board of the Duke Mathematical Journal.