Claude LeBrun

Mathematician, Person


Who is Claude LeBrun?

Claude R. LeBrun is an American mathematician who is a professor of mathematics at Stony Brook University. Much of his research concerns the Riemannian geometry of 4-manifolds, or related topics in complex and differential geometry.

LeBrun earned his D.Phil. from the University of Oxford in 1980, under the supervision of Roger Penrose, and in the same year took a faculty position at Stony Brook. Since then, he has also held positions at the Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques, the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, and the Institute for Advanced Studies.

He is the namesake of the LeBrun Manifolds, a family of self-dual manifolds that he discovered in 1989 and that was named after him by Michael Atiyah and Edward Witten. LeBrun is also known for his work on Einstein manifolds and the Yamabe invariant. In particular, he produced examples showing that the converse of the Hitchin–Thorpe inequality does not hold: there exist infinitely many four-dimensional compact smooth simply connected manifolds that obey the inequality but do not admit Einstein metrics.

LeBrun was an invited speaker at the 1994 International Congress of Mathematicians. In 2012 he became a Fellow of the American Mathematical Society.

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on July 23, 2013


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