Eric Larson is a senior at Harvard University, studying mathematics and physics. He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, but has spent most of his life 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. In addition to his interest in mathematics, Mr. Larson plays piano and was a four-time winner of the Oregon Junior Bach Festival in high school. His various honors in math include a gold medal at the 50th International Mathematical Olympiad and first place in the Intel Science Talent Search; he was a member of Harvard's winning Putnam team in 2011, and placed in the top 14 in 2010.
Over the past four years, Mr. Larson has devoted much of his time to math research in algebraic geometry and number theory. He is working concurrently on two research projects that will likely turn into his 9th and 10th publications in the coming year. Also, he has been studying physics, especially General Relativity and Quantum Field Theory, in order to acquire the background necessary to understand the interplay between mathematics and physics. After college, Mr. Larson plans to attend graduate school at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, ultimately pursuing a career in mathematical research (most likely in academia). At MIT, he plans to continue his research in algebraic geometry and number theory, while also exploring some of the connections between algebraic geometry and theoretical physics.