Biographical Sketch of Bruce Reznick

Professor, Department of Mathematics
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign


  • February 3, 1953 in New York City
  • Education

  • B.S. 1973, California Institute of Technology, Undergraduate Advisor: W. A. J. Luxemburg
  • Ph. D. 1976, Stanford University, Thesis Advisor: Per Enflo
  • Regular positions

  • Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Duke University, 1976-1979
  • Visiting Scholar at the University of California at Berkeley, 1978-1979
  • Assistant Professor of Mathematics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1979
  • Promoted to Associate Professor in 1983
  • Promoted to Professor in 1989
  • Awards and visiting positions

  • Morgan Ward and Eric Temple Bell Prizes for undergraduate research
  • Member of the first place team in the Putnam Competition in 1971 and 1972, and twice ranked in the top ten as an individual
  • NSF Graduate Fellowship and a Danforth Graduate Fellowship, 1973-1976
  • NSF National Needs Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • Fellow of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, 1983-1986
  • Arnold Beckman Fellow at the UIUC Center for Advanced Study in Spring 1984
  • Visiting Scholar at Caltech and Berkeley in Spring 1985
  • 1996-1997 William F. Prokasy Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Member MSRI, Fall 1998, Symbolic Computation in Geometry and Analysis
  • 2008-2009 Dean’s Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • 2008-2009 Campus Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching in the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • 2009-2010 LAS Teaching Academy Faculty Fellow
  • AMS-MAA Invited Address, AMS 2010 Spring Southeastern Sectional Meeting, Lexington, Kentucky, March 27, 2010
  • Associate, UIUC Center for Advanced Study, 2011-2012
  • Fellow of the American Mathematical Society, Class of 2012
  • Simons Foundation Collaboration Grant, 2013-2018
  • Simons Visiting Professor at the University of Konstanz, April 2014.

    Selected former and current non-UIUC committees

  • Member of the MAA Putnam Examination Preparation Committee for the 1983, 1984 and 1985 Competitions
  • Associate problems editor, American Mathematical Monthly, 1988-1991
  • Associate editor, Mathematics Magazine, 1989-1995
  • MAA Visiting Lecturer 1996-1999
  • Project NEXT Consultant, off and on since 1998
  • Member, AMS-MAA Committee on Teaching Assistants and Part-Time Instructors, 1999-2005
  • Member, Carus Monograph Editorial Board, 1999-2002
  • Member, MAA Committee to Review the Monthly, 1999
  • Member, MAA Committee on George Pòlya Lectures, 1999-2002
  • Faculty Mentor, LAS Teaching Academy, off and on since 1999
  • Board Member, Number Theory Foundation, 2002-
  • Member, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology Mathematics Department Advisory Board, 2002
  • Member, MAA Committee on AIME High School Mathematics Competition, 2007-2010
  • Chair, CUPM Study Group Subcommittee on Number Theory for the 2015 Curriculum Guide
  • Member, AMS History of Mathematics Editorial Committee, 2014-2018
  • Updated March 27, 2014