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Harry Kesten

Goldwin Smith Professor Emeritus of Mathematics

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Educational Background

  • Ph.D. (1958) Cornell University



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  • Mathematics


Probability theory, limit theorems, percolation theory

I am a probabilist. My main research interests are percolation theory and random walks, and in general I like to dabble in models inspired by statistical mechanics.


  • Products of random matrices (with H. Furstenberg), Ann. Math. Statist. 31(1960), 457–469.
  • Hitting Probabilities of Single Points for Processes with Stationary Independent Increments, Memoir no. 93, Amer. Math. Soc. (1969).
  • Percolation Theory for Mathematicians, Birkhäuser, Boston, 1982.
  • Aspects of first-passage percolation; in Ecole d'été de Probabilités de Saint-Flour XIV, (P. L. Hennequin, ed.), Lecture Notes in Math 1180, Springer-Verlag, 1986, pp. 125–264.
  • On the speed of convergence in first-passage percolation, Ann. Appl. Probab. 3(1993), 296–338.