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David A. Cox

William J. Walker Professor of Mathematics

Departmental affiliation: Mathematics and Statistics


My research interests include Algebraic Geometry, Commutative Algebra, Geometric Modeling, Number Theory, and the History of Mathematics.

Professional and Biographical Information


Ph.D., Princeton University (1975)
B.A., Rice University (1970)
A.M. (honorary), Amherst College (1988)

Research Interests

Most of my research involves algebraic geometry, which is the field of mathematics that studies geometric objects by means of algebra. Some aspects of my work are very abstract, while others are more computational and applied. There are hard questions in algebraic geometry that I have been studying for a long time. Algebraic geometry is a rich area to work in, with wonderful problems and surprising applications (including the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao and the Boeing 777). For the past few years, I have been working on toric varieties. I also have interests in number theory and the history of mathematics.

Teaching Interests

I love teaching at all levels of the undergraduate curriculum, from our most elementary calculus courses to our most advanced electives for senior majors. I also enjoy working with students on senior theses.

Awards and Honors

Putnam Mathematical Competition: Honorable Mention (1969), Member of 2nd Place Team (1970)

Phi Beta Kappa, Rice University (1970)

NSF Fellowship, Princeton University (1971-1974)

Lester R. Ford Prize, Mathematical Association of America (2012)

Fellow of the American Mathematical Society (2013)

Scholarly and Professional Activities

Member, Editorial Board for Book Reviews, Bulletin of the AMS, 2013-present

Member, Editorial Board of the Graduate Studies in Mathematics series, AMS, 2006-present

Member, Editorial Board of the Journal of Symbolic Computation, 1998-present

Member, Editorial Board of the Pure and Applied Mathematics series, Wiley, 1993-2003

Member, Eastern Section Program Committee of the AMS, 1999-2001, Chair 2000-2001

Member, Council of the American Mathematical Society, 1991-94

Lecture Series on the Role of Algebra in Applied Mathematics, Ohio University, Athens, Ohio, Spring 2006

Lecturer, CIMPA School on Commutative Algebra, Hanoi, Winter 2006

Lecture Series on Galois Theory, University of La Laguna, Tenerife, Summer 2004

Lecturer, CIMPA School on Solving Polynomial Equations, Buenos Aires, Summer 2003

Lecturer, Summer School on Toric Geometry, Grenoble, Summer 2000


David Cox's Website

See also: Selected Publications