Mathematician Alex Eskin, two alumni elected to National Academy of Sciences

The University’s newest member of the National Academy of Sciences is Alex Eskin, the Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor in Mathematics. Eskin joins 83 other new members and 21 foreign associates from 15 countries who were elected to the academy for their distinguished and continuing achievements in original research, including UChicago alumni Joseph Incandela, AB’81, SM’85, PhD’86; and Rodney Rothstein, PhD’75.

Eskin, who joined the UChicago faculty in 1999, is a leading geometer. He has made important contributions to geometric group theory, ergodic theory and number theory. His specialties include mathematical billiards and rational polygons.

Last year Eskin was selected as a Simons Investigator. He also is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a fellow of the American Mathematical Society. His honors include the Clay Research Prize.