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Whats your opinion on iris mack

  1. May 14, 2012 #1
    her genius.... she is one of the top mathematicians in the world.... why no feilds medal or wolf prize in mathematics?
     
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  3. May 14, 2012 #2

    Never until today I heard of this woman, and now that I've read a little it seems to be she's an applied mathematician into

    financial and economics stuff, which perhaps doesn't have so wide a range to do mathematical research...

    Besides, it could be she's not that brilliant...I really don't know, but your claim that she's one of the top mathematicians in the world

    is something I just couldn't verify.

    DonAntonio
     
  4. May 14, 2012 #3
    Mack has been an astronaut semifinalist, one of Glamour magazine’s Top 10 college students, one of Glamour’s Top 10 working women, an investment banker, an Enron energy trader and an MIT professor. She was the second African-American female to earn a doctorate in Applied Mathematics from Harvard. Later she became a mathematics and business school professor at several academic institutions, while simultaneously running a consulting firm[2] Associated Technologists, Inc. (ATI).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_Mack

    Pretty cool. How'd you hear about her?

    It doesn't say if she made a major mathematical breakthrough. Quants don't typically get Fields medals. A lot of math and physics Ph.D's went into finance the past couple of decades. Once you go to the applied track and leave pure research, you're pretty much out of the Fields pool.

    Looks like she's a great business person as well as a mathematician. That's a rare combination.

    (edit)
    Ah I found the specific answer to your question. From http://www.math.buffalo.edu/mad/PEEPS/mack_iris.html ...

    Apparently teaching and research did not suit her and she eventually started her own consulting firm called Associated Technologists in Atlanta while teaching at Clark-Atlanta University.

    You get the Fields medal for doing major research. And she left research to go into consulting.

    She had a very interesting job at Enron managing their option strategies. Must have a lot of stories to tell about that place!
     
    Last edited: May 14, 2012
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