Alejandro Adem

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Alejandro Adem
Born Mexico City, Mexico
Nationality Mexico, United States, Canada
Alma mater B.S., National University of Mexico, 1982
Ph.D., Princeton University, 1986

Jeffery-Williams Prize (Canadian Mathematical Society)

Fellow of the American Mathematical Society

Canada Research Chair
Scientific career
Fields Algebraic Topology, Group cohomology
Institutions University of Wisconsin–Madison, University of British Columbia
Doctoral advisor William Browder

Alejandro Adem is a professor in the Department of Mathematics at the University of British Columbia since 2005 and the holder of a Canada Research Chair at UBC. He was Director of the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences for the period 2008 - 2015 and since 2015 is the CEO and Scientific Director of Mitacs Canada.[1]

Education and academic career[edit]

Alejandro Adem did his undergraduate studies at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, earning a B.S. in 1982.[1] He earned his Ph.D. in 1986 from Princeton University, under the supervision of William Browder.[2] He then worked as Szego Assistant Professor at Stanford University (1986–89) before joining the faculty at the University of Wisconsin–Madison; he moved to the University of British Columbia in 2005.[1] He has held visiting positions at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the ETH-Zürich, the Max-Planck Institute in Bonn, the University of Paris 7 and at Princeton University.[1] His main areas of research are algebraic topology and the cohomology of groups and he has (co) authored over sixty research papers and two research monographs. Since 2013 Adem is managing editor of the Memoirs of the American Mathematical Society and the Transactions of the American Mathematical Society.[1] He has served on the scientific and governance boards of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, the Banff International Research Station and the Pacific Institute for the Mathematical Sciences.[1]


Alejandro Adem's awards[1] include an A.P. Sloan Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship (1985), an NSF Young Investigator Award (1992), a Romnes Faculty Fellowship from the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (1995), Canada Research Chair (2004), Fellow of the American Mathematical Society (2012) and the 2015 Jeffery–Williams Prize, which was awarded to him by the Canadian Mathematical Society, with the following citation: "he stands out as one of the few mathematicians who has made important qualitative and calculational contributions to the theory of the cohomology of groups, and applied these results to problems of algebraic topology”.[3][4] In 2016 he was elected corresponding member of the Mexican Academy of Sciences.[5]


  • with Johann Leida, Yongbin Ruan: Orbifolds and stringy topology. Cambridge University Press 2007
  • with R. J. Milgram: Cohomology of Finite Groups. Springer, Grundlehren der mathematischen Wissenschaften, 1994, 2004, doi:10.1007/978-3-662-06280-7