Karen Vogtmann Elected to Royal Society

Tue, 07/13/2021

Each year, the Royal Society, a Fellowship made up of the most eminent scientists, engineers and technologists from the UK, elects new Fellows. Fellows are elected for life through a peer review process on the basis of excellence in science. This May, Professor Emerita Karen Vogtmann was among the 52 new Fellows elected.

The full citation from the Royal Society reads:

Vogtmann played a major role in shaping Geometric Group Theory. She was a pioneer of the modern approach to automorphism groups of free groups, one of the richest interfaces of geometry and group theory. She established an agenda that has guided spectacular developments in the field for thirty years, promoting the powerful analogy between automorphism groups of free groups, mapping class groups of surfaces, and arithmetic lattices in semisimple Lie groups. Her 1986 paper with Culler on moduli of graphs is a founding document, and her fundamental work on the cohomology of Out(F) and homology stability are landmarks in the field.

Congratulations to Professor Vogtmann for this honor!

Karen Vogtmann