Institute of Education Alum David Geraghty Awarded Prestigious Fellowship

Institute of Education Alum and Mathematician David Geraghty ’01 Awarded Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship

Past pupil and Dublin native David Geraghty, a mathematics professor at Boston College (U.S.), has been awarded a prestigious 2015 Sloan Research Fellowship by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Geraghty is among the 126 outstanding U.S. and Canadian researchers – including only 20 in mathematics – chosen this year to receive the fellowships, which are given to early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them as rising stars among the next generation of scientific leaders.

Geraghty earned his Leaving Certificate at Dublin’s Institute of Education in 2001. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Cambridge University (U.K.) and earned his doctorate at Harvard University. He has taught at Boston College since 2013.

“Over the years, the Sloan Research Fellowships have become some of the most sought-after fellowships available to early-career scholars,” says Daniel L. Goroff, Vice President at the Sloan Foundation and Director of the Sloan Research Fellowship program. “Becoming a Sloan Research Fellow means joining a long and distinguished tradition of scientific explorers who have gone on to make the most meaningful and significant discoveries.”

Past Sloan fellows have received some of the highest honors in science, engineering, economics and mathematics, including 43 Nobel Prizes, 16 Fields Medals in mathematics, 65 National Medals of Science and 14 John Bates Clark Medals in economics.

Geraghty’s research focuses on algebraic number theory and the sub-area of the Langlands program, a four-decades-old theoretical initiative probing the links between Galois representations and modular forms, areas respectively of modern algebra and complex analysis previously believed to be unrelated.

“David has made fundamental contributions to number theory, and the recognition provided by this Sloan Fellowship is well-deserved,” said Mathematics Department Chairman Solomon Friedberg, the James P. McIntyre Professor of Mathematics at BC. “I congratulate David on this award and on the achievements that led to it.”

Geraghty said the fellowship’s $50,000 in funding would support the collaborative nature of highly theoretical mathematics, taking him to conferences and workshops where scholars are pushing the boundaries of the discipline.

“I’m very excited to be named a Sloan Research Fellow and grateful to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for this recognition,” said Geraghty, who teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses. “I’m thankful to my colleagues, who put my name forward for this honor, and their belief in my work.”

Geraghty’s selection makes him the seventh member of the Mathematics faculty at Boston College to receive a Sloan Research Fellowship.

In congratulating David, Institute teacher Aidan Roantree remembered well, David’s exceptional talent:  “Not only was David incredibly gifted, he was a pleasure to teach.  I wish him even greater success in the future”.