Dror Bar-Natan, Berkeley, 1999
(photo by George Bergman)
January 30, 1966 |
|Institutions||University of Toronto|
|Alma mater||Princeton University|
|Doctoral advisor||Edward Witten|
|Doctoral students||Hernando Burgos Soto|
Dror Bar-Natan (Hebrew: דרוֹר בָר-נָתָן; born January 30, 1966) is a Professor at University of Toronto Department of Mathematics, Canada. His main research interests include knot theory, finite type invariants, and Khovanov homology.
Bar-Natan earned his B.Sc. in mathematics at Tel Aviv University in 1984. After performing his military service as a teacher, he went to study at Princeton University in 1987. He obtained his Ph.D. in mathematics from Princeton in 1991, under the direction of physicist Edward Witten.
After holding a Benjamin Peirce Assistant Professorhip at Harvard University for four years from 1991–95, he returned to Israel, and became Associate Professor at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He moved to the University of Toronto in 2002, and was promoted to Full Professor in 2006.
Bar-Natan holds both US and Israeli citizenships, and is a permanent resident of Canada. He is married to mathematician Yael Karshon and is the father of two sons, Assaf and Itai.
In 1999, Bar-Natan collaborated on a paper with the goal of mathematically refuting claims made in The Bible Code by Michael Drosnin that hidden messages could be deciphered from within the bible. In particular, he demonstrated that practically any "code" could be found within the bible, thereby debunking Drosnin's "discovery" of specific codes. This work is outside the main scope of his academic interests, although he is known for it because of the popularity of The Bible Code.
Academically, Bar-Natan has made significant contributions to the formalization of Khovanov homology.
- Bar-Natan, D (1996) On the Vassiliev knot invariants, Topology, Volume 34, Issue 2, April 1995, Pages 423-472
- "Bar-Natan", The Knot Atlas.
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