George Lusztig
Born (1946-05-20) May 20, 1946 (age 78)
CitizenshipRomanian, British, American
Alma materUniversity of Bucharest (BSc)
Princeton University (PhD)
AwardsBerwick Prize (1977)
Cole Prize (1985)
Leroy P. Steele Prize (2008)
Shaw Prize (2014)
Wolf Prize in Mathematics (2022)
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Warwick
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Doctoral advisorMichael Atiyah
William Browder
Doctoral studentsCorrado de Concini
Ian Grojnowski
Xuhua He

George Lusztig (born Gheorghe Lusztig; May 20, 1946) is a Romanian-born American mathematician and Abdun Nur Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He was a Norbert Wiener Professor in the Department of Mathematics from 1999 to 2009.

Education and career

Born in Timișoara to a Hungarian-Jewish family,[1] he did his undergraduate studies at the University of Bucharest, graduating in 1968. Later that year he left Romania for the United Kingdom, where he spent several months at the University of Warwick and Oxford University. In 1969 he moved to the United States, where he went to work for two years with Michael Atiyah at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. He received his PhD in mathematics in 1971 after completing a doctoral dissertation, titled "Novikov's higher signature and families of elliptic operators", under the supervision of William Browder and Michael Atiyah.[2][3]

Lusztig worked for almost seven years at the University of Warwick. His involvement at the university encompassed a Research Fellowship, (1971–72); lecturer in Mathematics, (1972–74); and Professor of Mathematics, (1974–78). In 1978, he accepted a chair at MIT.[4][1]


He is known for his work on representation theory, in particular for the objects closely related to algebraic groups, such as finite reductive groups, Hecke algebras, -adic groups, quantum groups, and Weyl groups. He essentially paved the way for modern representation theory. This has included fundamental new concepts, including the character sheaves, the Deligne–Lusztig varieties, and the Kazhdan–Lusztig polynomials.[5]

Awards and honors

In 1983, Lusztig was elected as a fellow of the Royal Society.[4] In 1985 Lusztig won the Cole Prize (Algebra). He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1992. He received the Brouwer Medal in 1999, the National Order of Faithful Service in 2003 and the Leroy P. Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Mathematics in 2008. In 2012, he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society[6] and in 2014 he received the Shaw Prize in Mathematics.[7] In 2022, he received the Wolf Prize in Mathematics.[8]


  1. ^ a b "George Lusztig". The GAP Group. Archived from the original on 21 December 2012. Retrieved 16 November 2011.
  2. ^ George Lusztig at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. ^ Lusztig, George (1971). Novikov's higher signature and families of elliptic operators.
  4. ^ a b "George Lusztig Abdun-Nur Professor of Mathematics". MIT Mathematics Department. Archived from the original on 27 September 2013. Retrieved 16 November 2011.
  5. ^ Carter, Roger W., A survey of the work of George Lusztig, Nagoya Mathematical Journal 182 (2006), pp. 1–45.
  6. ^ "List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society". American Mathematical Society. 2013. Retrieved 2 February 2013.
  7. ^ Schroeder, Bendta (2 June 2014). "George Lusztig awarded the Shaw Prize in Mathematical Sciences". Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Retrieved 5 June 2020.
  8. ^ "Wolf Prize Laureate in Mathematics 2022". Wolf Foundation. 2022. Archived from the original on 8 February 2022. Retrieved 9 February 2022.