Stevo Todorčević

Stevo Todorčević FRSC (Serbian Cyrillic: Стево Тодорчевић), is a Yugoslavian mathematician specializing in mathematical logic and set theory. He holds a Canada Research Chair in mathematics at the University of Toronto,[1][2] and a director of research position at the Centre national de la recherche scientifique in Paris.

Stevo Todorčević
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Todorčević in 1984
BornFebruary 9, 1955 (1955-02-09) (age 66)
Alma materUniversity of Belgrade
AwardsBalkan Mathematical Society First Prize 1980, 1982
CRM-Fields-PIMS 2012
Shoenfield 2013
Gödel Lecturers 2016
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Toronto
ThesisResults and Independence Proofs in Combinatorial Set Theory (1979)
Doctoral advisorĐuro Kurepa
Doctoral students

Early life and education

Todorčević was born in Ubovića Brdo. As a child he moved to Banatsko Novo Selo,[3] and went to school in Pančevo.[4] At Belgrade University, he studied pure mathematics, attending lectures by Đuro Kurepa. He began graduate studies in 1978, and wrote his doctoral thesis in 1979 with Kurepa as his advisor.[5]


Todorčević's work involves mathematical logic, set theory, and their applications to pure mathematics.

In Todorčević's 1978 master’s thesis, he constructed a model of MA + ¬wKH in a way to allow him to make the continuum any regular cardinal, and so derived a variety of topological consequences. Here MA is an abbreviation for Martin's axiom and wKH stands for the weak Kurepa Hypothesis.[6] In 1980, Todorčević and Abraham proved the existence of rigid Aronszajn trees and the consistency of MA + the negation of the continuum hypothesis + there exists a first countable S-space.[7]

Awards and honours

Todorčević is the winner of

He was selected by the Association for Symbolic Logic as their 2016 Gödel lecturer.[11]

He became a corresponding member of the Serbian Academy of Sciences and Arts as of 1991 and a full member of the Academy in 2009.[12] In 2016 Todorčević became a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.[13]

Todorčević has been described as "the greatest Serbian mathematician" since the time of Mihailo Petrović Alas.[14]


Todorčević is the author of books in mathematics that include:

  • Partition problems in topology (1989)[15]
  • Some applications of the method of forcing (with I. Farah, 1995)[16]
  • Topics in topology (1997)[17]
  • Ramsey methods in analysis (with S. A. Argyros, 2005)[18]
  • Walks on ordinals and their characteristics (2007)[19]
  • Introduction to Ramsey spaces (2010)[20]
  • Notes on forcing axioms (2014)[21]

See also


  1. ^ Canada Research Chairholders: Stevo Todorcevic, retrieved 2012-03-07.
  2. ^ Department of Mathematics, Stevo Todorcevic, Canada Research Chair Professor
  3. ^ Rešavač „nerešivih“ problema
  4. ^ „Uroš Predić“ Grammar School, Pančevo
  5. ^ Stevo Todorčević, memories of Ž. Miloradović
  6. ^ Larson 2012, p. 281
  7. ^ Larson 2012, p. 290
  8. ^ Le 6ème Congrès Européen de Mathématiques Cracovie, 2 au 7 Juillet 2012
  9. ^ Stevo Todorcevic (Toronto) receives 2012 CRM-Fields-PIMS Prize, Fields Institute, retrieved 2012-03-07.
  10. ^ Stevo Todorcevic receives 2013 Shoenfield Prize for a book, ASL, retrieved 2014-07-07
  11. ^ The Twenty-seventh Annual Gödel Lecture 2016: Stevo Todorcevic
  12. ^ Membership, Serbian Academy, retrieved 2012-03-07.
  13. ^ Eight U of T science faculty join Royal Society of Canada as fellows
  14. ^ "GEDELOV PREDAVAČ". Galaksija Nova (in Serbian). 2017-01-25. Retrieved 2020-07-16.
  15. ^ MR0980949
  16. ^ MR1486583
  17. ^ MR1442262
  18. ^ MR2145246
  19. ^ MR2355670
  20. ^ MR2603812
  21. ^ MR3184691


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