Richard P. Stanley
Stanley in Oberwolfach, 1996
Born (1944-06-23) June 23, 1944 (age 79)
New York City, New York
Alma materCalifornia Institute of Technology
Harvard University
Scientific career
InstitutionsMassachusetts Institute of Technology
Thesis Ordered structures and partitions  (1971)
Doctoral advisorGian-Carlo Rota
Doctoral students

Richard Peter Stanley (born June 23, 1944) is an Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, in Cambridge, Massachusetts. From 2000 to 2010, he was the Norman Levinson Professor of Applied Mathematics.[1] He received his Ph.D. at Harvard University in 1971 under the supervision of Gian-Carlo Rota.[2] He is an expert in the field of combinatorics and its applications to other mathematical disciplines.[3]


Stanley is known for his two-volume book Enumerative Combinatorics (1986–1999).[4][5] He is also the author of Combinatorics and Commutative Algebra (1983) and well over 200 research articles in mathematics. He has served as thesis advisor to 60 doctoral students, many of whom have had distinguished careers in combinatorial research.[2] Donald Knuth named Stanley as one of his combinatorial heroes in a 2023 interview.[6]

Awards and honors

Stanley's distinctions include membership in the National Academy of Sciences (elected in 1995), the 2001 Leroy P. Steele Prize for Mathematical Exposition,[7] the 2003 Schock Prize,[3] a plenary lecture at the International Congress of Mathematicians (in Madrid, Spain),[8] and election in 2012 as a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[9] In 2022 he was awarded the Leroy P. Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement.[10]

Selected publications

See also


  1. ^ Stanley, Richard (2017). "Curriculum Vitae". Retrieved 29 June 2017.
  2. ^ a b Richard P. Stanley at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. ^ a b Richard P. Stanley receives the 2003 Rolf Schock Prize in Mathematics by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, The Combinatorics Net, 2003, retrieved 2013-12-27.
  4. ^ Andrews, George E. (1987). "Review: Enumerative combinatorics, Volume 1 by Richard P. Stanley" (PDF). Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. (N.S.). 17 (2): 360–365. doi:10.1090/s0273-0979-1987-15595-9.
  5. ^ Gessel, Ira M. (2002). "Review: Enumerative combinatorics, Volume 2 by Richard P. Stanley" (PDF). Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. (N.S.). 39 (1): 129–135. doi:10.1090/s0273-0979-01-00928-4.
  6. ^ "The Dawn of Rigour in the Art of Programming". Bhāvanā – The mathematics magazine. 7 (1). The Bhavana Trust. January 2023. Retrieved 30 January 2024.
  7. ^ American Mathematical Society News Release: Richard P. Stanley Wins AMS Steele Prize, The Combinatorics Net, January 11, 2001, retrieved 2013-12-27.
  8. ^ Increasing and decreasing subsequences and their variants, R. P. Stanley, Proc. ICM, 2006.
  9. ^ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2013-08-05.
  10. ^ Leroy P. Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement 2022