Eric Larson

Hertz Fellow: Eric Larson

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Area of Study


Fellowship Years

2013 - 2018

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 questions such as:

  1. The problem of Maximal Rank: What is the relation between the parametric and Cartesian equations that describe a curve?
  2. The problem of Interpolation: When can curves of a specified type pass through collections of general points?

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.


2018 - The Maximal Rank Conjecture