Jonathan Farley
Jonathan Farley is one of the world’s most impressive young mathematicians.... He is a model of excellence for young people of all backgrounds, but especially African-Americans who may see their intellectual potential in him. Harvard is proud to honor his achievements and acknowledge his fine example.

Professor S. Allen Counter, Harvard University, and Consul General of Sweden
     in Boston and New England (Jet Magazine, July 19, 2004)
...the incomparable, brilliant Jonathan Farley.

Danica McKellar, star of the hit television show The Wonder Years, in her New York Times best-selling book, Hot X: Algebra Exposed, 2010
     
....the immensely gifted Jonathan Farley...

Danica McKellar, author of three New York Times best-selling books, in Girls Get Curves: Geometry Takes Shape, 2012
     

Jonathan Farley seated next to the late U.S. Senator Ted Kennedy,
the late Congresswoman Jo Ann Davis, and Congressman Silvestre Reyes.


Dr. Jonathan David Farley has been a Visiting Professor of Mathematics at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), a Science Fellow at Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation, a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Mathematics at Harvard University, and a Visiting Associate Professor of Applied Mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Seed Magazine named Dr. Farley one of “15 people who have shaped the global conversation about science in 2005.” In 2005, Dr. Farley was given the key to the City of Columbia, South Carolina (the state capital). He worked for The Warren Group, advisors to the 2010 Democratic Party nominee for U.S. Senate in South Carolina.

Dr. Farley is the 2004 recipient of the Harvard Foundation’s Distinguished Scientist of the Year Award, a medal presented on behalf of the president of Harvard University in recognition of “outstanding achievements and contributions in the field of mathematics.” The City of Cambridge, Massachusetts (home to both Harvard University and MIT) officially declared March 19, 2004 to be “Dr. Jonathan David Farley Day.” In 2004, Dr. Farley was recruited to serve as Head of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science at The University of the West Indies (Jamaica).

He received tenure at Vanderbilt University in 2003, but fled Tennessee after receiving death threats from supporters of the founder of the Ku Klux Klan.

In 2001-2002, Dr. Farley was a Fulbright Distinguished Scholar to the United Kingdom. He was one of only four Americans to win this award in 2001-2002.

Jonathan Farley obtained his doctorate in mathematics from Oxford University in 1995, after winning Oxford’s highest mathematics awards, the Senior Mathematical Prize and Johnson University Prize, in 1994.

Farley graduated summa cum laude from Harvard University in 1991 with the second-highest grade point average in his graduating class. (He earned 29 A’s and 3 A-’s.) While there, he won, among other awards, Harvard’s Wendell Prize, for the “most promising and catholic [small ‘c’] sophomore scholar.”

 

 

 

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