Mark L. Green

Distinguished Research Professor of Mathematics

Director Emeritus, Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics

Special Advisor for Strategic Initiatives in Data Science to the Vice-Chancellor for Research

University of California, Los Angeles


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PhD in Mathematics, Princeton University, 1972

M.A. in Mathematics, Princeton University, 1970

B.S. in Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1968


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Here is a bit about my activities outside of research:


I am Chair of the Board on Mathematical Sciences and Analytics (BMSA) of the National Academies of Science.  


I served as Vice-Chair of the National Academies/BMSA study “The Mathematical Sciences in 2025” and its companion volume, “Fueling Innovation and Discovery”, which are available as free downloads in PDF format.  I served on the panel for the National Academies’ Round Table on Data Science Post-secondary Education .  I am a National Associate of the National Academies; this is a lifetime designation for pro bono work for the Academies.


I am Special Advisor for Strategic Initiatives in Data Science to the Vice-Chancellor for Research and, along with Jacob Foster, am responsible for strategic planning for UCLA’s DataX Initiative.


I am a Co-Founder and served as Director of the Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics (IPAM).  This is a national research institute dedicated to fostering interactions between the mathematical sciences and other disciplines.


I am a member of the Board of Governors of Transforming Postsecondary Education in Mathematics (TPSE-Math).


I served on the Board of Trustees of the American Mathematical Society and helped to formulate their strategic plan.  


I am a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, of the American Mathematical Society.


I gave an invited talk at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Berlin in 1998 and the Chern Medal plenary laudation (video) at the ICM in Seoul in 2014.


I served on the Scientific Advisory Boards of the Banff International Research Station (BIRS) and the Centre de Recherche Mathematiques (CRM-Montreal), and on the Advisory Board of the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM).  I chaired a committee with J.-P. Bourgignon and Jerry Bona to restructure the Science Advisory Board of the CRM.  


I was a delegate to the General Assembly of the International Mathematical Union (IMU) in Bangalore in 2010.


I chaired the Committee of Visitors to the Division of Mathematical Sciences of the National Science Foundation (NSF-DMS) in 2013.


With Robert Greene, I established UCLA’s honors courses in Algebra (110ABC-H) and Analysis (131ABC-H).  With Ron Miech, I helped establish UCLA’s successful Math and Science Scholars (MS^2) program for underrepresented students, using the Uri Treisman model, which flourished for many years but was ended by the passage of Proposition 209.  I inaugurated the teaching of Machine Learning as an undergraduate course in the Mathematics Department in 2009.  I was one of the early advocates for the initiative that led to the joint Data Theory major between Mathematics and Statistics.  With Jacob Foster, I helped create and co-teach a graduate course, “Machine Learning for Social Science”.


I served on the Mathematics Advisory Panel for the exhibition “Man Ray: Human Equations” at the Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C.


With Jacob Foster and Alicia Solow-Niederman, I co-organized a Next Generation Workshop at IPAM on Deep Fakery: mathematical, Cryptographic, Social and Legal Perspectives, which resulted in a white paper.


I am active in an informal working group on governance and policy issues for artificial intelligence, formed by Ted Parson and Richard Re.


Kathryn and I established an endowment at the American Mathematical Society that funds the AMS Award for Mathematics Programs That Make a Difference.


I am grateful to have had help in funding my education: A merit-based scholarship from the Hughes Aircraft Company, an NSF Graduate Fellowship and a Procter Graduate Fellowship.  I am grateful to those who helped me get established in research: my adviser and now long-time collaborator, Phillip Griffiths, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for a Sloan Fellowship, and the National Science Foundation for many years of support.