Biography of Dr. Wilfried Schmid
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Wilfried Schmid is the Dwight Parker Robinson Professor of Mathematics at Harvard University. He was born in Germany and came to the US in 1960. He received his B.A. from Princeton University in 1964 and his Ph.D. in 1967 from the University of California, Berkeley. He taught at Berkeley and at Columbia University before joining the Harvard faculty in 1978. From 1990 until 1993 he served as chairman of the Harvard mathematics department.

Schmid's research revolves around Lie groups and their representations. He has introduced geometric methods in the study of infinite dimensional representations, and conversely has applied representation-theoretic methods in other areas of mathematics.

His intense interest in mathematics education arose in 1999, when confronted with a disturbing incident in his daughter's second grade math class. After publicizing the incident, he was invited to help revise the Mathematics Curriculum Framework for Massachusetts. Since then, Schmid has served as Mathematics Advisor to the Massachusetts Department of Education, as member of the Steering Committee of Mathematics NAEP, and as member of the Program Committee of the International Congress of Mathematics Education 2004. He has lectured widely on the subject of mathematics education, to audiences of mathematicians. Together with Deborah Ball, Jeremy Kilpatrick, Joan Ferrini-Mundi, Jim Milgram, and Richard Schaar, he wrote the declaration "Reaching for Common Ground in K-\12 Mathematics Education".

Schmid resides in Lincoln, Massachusetts.

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