# Richard Stanley

*Richard Peter Stanley* (1944 - ) is an American mathematician.
He is a student of Gian-Carlo Rota.

A Harvard graduate, Stanley went on to teach at MIT. His book Enumerative Combinatorics is seen as a landmark introduction to
combinatorics. The book is infamous for its exercise which presents
66 objects counted by the Catalan numbers^{}, then challenges the reader
to give a bijective proof of that fact. On his website, he maintains
the “Catalan addendum”, which as of 26 February 2007 includes 147
different combinatorial interpretations^{} for the Catalan numbers.

Stanley was awarded the Schock prize in 2003 for his contributions to combinatorics, in particular his proof of the necessity of McMullen’s conditions for a tuple $({f}_{0},\mathrm{\dots},{f}_{d-1})$ to be the f-vector of a simplicial polytope (one half of the g-theorem), and for his advancement of graduate-level mathematical exposition.

In 1978, Stanley co-authored a paper on the “Enumeration of power
sums modulo a prime” in J. Number Theory^{} 10 with Andrew
Odlyzko, giving Stanley an Erdős number (http://planetmath.org/ErdHosNumber)
of 2.

Title | Richard Stanley |
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Date of creation | 2013-03-22 17:01:02 |

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Synonym | Richard Peter Stanley |