Stanford Mathematics Professor Richard Taylor was appointed as the new Barbara Kimball Browning Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences. An endowed chair is the highest honor the university can bestow upon a faculty member.

Professor Taylor recently joined the Mathematics Department in July 2018. He is a leader in the field of number theory, specifically Galois representations, automorphic forms, and Shimura variations. Professor Taylor and his collaborators have been instrumental in developing powerful new techniques for use in solving longstanding problems in the discipline.

Richard Taylor received his PhD from Princeton University in 1988, and was elected to the Savilian Professorship of Geometry at University of Oxford in 1995. He joined the Mathematics Department at Harvard in 1996, where he was named the Herschel Smith Professor of Mathematics in 2002 and remained there until 2012. From Harvard, he joined the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton in 2012, where he was named the Robert and Luisa Fernholz Professor of Mathematics.

Taylor is the recipient of numerous prizes, including the Breakthrough Prize in Mathematics (2015), the Clay Research Award (2007), the Shaw Prize in Mathematics (2007), the Frank Nelson Cole Prize in Number Theory (2002), the Fermat Prize (2001), and the Ostrowski Prize (2001). He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of London since 1995, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2012, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences since 2015.