Eric Larson, PhD

2013 Hertz Fellow
Eric Larson

Eric Larson is a postdoc in mathematics at Stanford University, who will be joining the faculty at the University of Washington in fall 2020. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but spent most of his childhood in Eugene, Oregon. He has been interested in mathematics since the fifth grade, when he saw Euclid’s proofs of the infinitude of primes and the irrationality of the square root of two. His various honors in math include a gold medal at the 50th International Mathematical Olympiad, first place in the Intel Science Talent Search, a Putnam fellow (top 5) in 2012, receiving the Moran prize in 2014, and receiving an NSF Mathematical Sciences Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in 2018. During graduate school, Mr. Larson’s research focused on algebraic curves, including the problem of Maximal Rank and the problem of Interpolation. At Stanford, he has continued his research in algebraic geometry and related fields, studying questions related to moduli spaces of curves and stability of vector bundles.

Graduate Studies

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Maximal Rank Conjecture

Undergraduate Studies

Harvard University


2018, Hertz Thesis Prize, Fannie & John Hertz Foundation

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Jun 18, 2019
Eric Larson earned the 2018 Hertz Thesis Prize from the Fannie and John Hertz Foundation for his work