Person: Thompson (4), Abigail
Abigail Thompson is an American mathematician who studies combinatorial methods in 3-dimensional topology.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Thompson undertook research at Rutgers University in New Jersey where she was advised by Martin George Scharlemann and Julius L Shaneson.
- What is known is that many classes of knots do have property PPP and, in her thesis, Thompson added two further classes.
- Following the award of her doctorate Thompson spent the academic year 1986-87 at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the leading university in Israel.
- The work described by Thompson in this lecture related to her paper (with Joel Hass and William Thurston) Stabilization of Heegaard splittings (2009).
- There are other aspects of Thompson's contributions which we wish to highlight in this biography.
- But Thompson not only pointed out problems with education reforms in California but she made considerable efforts to improve the situation by helping to launch "Starting With Math", a University of California at Davis programme aimed at strengthening teachers' knowledge of mathematics.
- Finally we look at the considerable contribution that Thompson has made to the American Mathematical Society.
Born 30 June 1958, Norwalk, Connecticut, USA.
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive