Joan Birman

Joan Sylvia Birman née Lyttle (1927 - ) American mathematician and educator. Considered one of the pioneers of braid theory, she has published extensively on the topic. Now a professor emeritus at Columbia University, she has won several awards since 1974, such as the Chauvenet Prize in 1996. Birman currently has a National Science Foundation grant to further research braids.

Birman has Erdős number ( 3: she co-authored “AbelianMathworldPlanetmath and solvable subgroupsMathworldPlanetmathPlanetmath of mapping class groups of surfaces” in Duke Math. J. 50 No. 4 with Alex Lubotzky, who co-authored “Discrete groups of slow subgroup growth” in Israel J. Math. 96 with László Pyber, who co-authored “IsomorphicPlanetmathPlanetmathPlanetmathPlanetmath subgraphsMathworldPlanetmath in a graph” in Colloquium Math. Soc. János Bolyai 52 with Erdős.

Title Joan Birman
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Synonym Joan Lyttle
Synonym Joan Sylvia Birman
Synonym Joan Sylvia Lyttle