Chern Professors
The Chern Professorship is named for ShiingShen Chern, one of MSRI’s founders, and was established through the generosity of his children, May Chu and Paul Chern, and his former collaborator Jim Simons. ShiingShen Chern (1911–2004) was an outstanding contributor to research in differential geometry and devised the now named Chern characteristic classes in fibre spaces. He also gave proof of the famous GaussBonnet formula. Chern received an M.S. degree from Tsinghua University in Beijing, and a doctor of sciences degree from the University of Hamburg (Germany). In 1949, Chern accepted the chair of geometry at the University of Chicago and moved to the University of California, Berkeley, in 1960. He was elected member of the United States National Academy of Sciences a year later. After his retirement from UC Berkeley, Chern was one of the three founders of MSRI and acted as its first director (1981–84). He was awarded the National Medal of Science in 1975 and the Wolf Prize in 1983.
Chern Professors 202223
Chern Professors 202122

Kari Astala
The Analysis and Geometry of Random Spaces
Spring 2022 
Núria Fagella
Complex Dynamics: From Special Families to Natural Generalizations in One and Several Variables
Spring 2022 
Nageswari Shanmugalingam
The Analysis and Geometry of Random Spaces
Spring 2022 
Sebastian van Strien
Complex Dynamics: From Special Families to Natural Generalizations in One and Several Variables
Spring 2022 
Ivan Z. Corwin
Universality and Integrability in Random Matrix Theory and Interacting Particle Systems
Fall 2021 
Mariya Shcherbina
Universality and Integrability in Random Matrix Theory and Interacting Particle Systems
Fall 2021
Chern Professors 202021

Richard Canary
Random and Arithmetic Structures in Topology
Fall 2020 
Zoé Chatzidakis
Decidability, Definability and Computability in Number Theory
Fall 2020 
Fanny Kassel
Random and Arithmetic Structures in Topology
Fall 2020 
Roman Sauer
Random and Arithmetic Structures in Topology
Fall 2020
Chern Professors 201920

Emily Riehl
Higher Categories and Categorification
Spring 2020 
Victor Ostrik
Quantum Symmetries
Spring 2020 
Ulrike Tillmann
Higher Categories and Categorification
Spring 2020 
Rafe Mazzeo
Holomorphic Differentials in Mathematics and Physics
Fall 2019 
Richard Melrose
Holomorphic Differentials in Mathematics and Physics
Fall 2019 
Andrew Neitzke
Holomorphic Differentials in Mathematics and Physics
Fall 2019 
Anton Zorich
Holomorphic Differentials in Mathematics and Physics
Fall 2019
Chern Professors 201819

Bhargav Bhatt
Derived Algebraic Geometry
Spring 2019 
Hélène Esnault
Birational Geometry and Moduli Spaces / Derived Algebraic Geometry
Spring 2019 
Christopher Hacon
Derived Algebraic Geometry
Spring 2019 
Chenyang Xu
Birational Geometry and Moduli Spaces
Spring 2019 
Jeffrey Lagarias
Hamiltonian Systems, from Topology to Applications through Analysis
Fall 2018 
Vered RomKedar
Hamiltonian Systems, from Topology to Applications through Analysis
Fall 2018 
Zensho Yoshida
Hamiltonian Systems, from Topology to Applications through Analysis
Fall 2018
Chern Professors 201718

ChiuChu Melissa Liu
Enumerative Geometry Beyond Numbers 
Dusa Margaret McDuff
Enumerative Geometry Beyond Numbers 
Pham Tiep
Group Representation Theory and Applications 
Alexander Koldobsky
Geometric Functional Analysis and Applications 
Francis Su
Geometric and Topological Combinatorics