David Bryant Mumford

David Bryant Mumford (* 11. June 1937 in Worth, Sussex) is an English mathematician.

Mumfords father was member of the UN since their establishment 1945 and pulled with the family around the half world. David Mumford studied at Harvard University, where he attained a doctorate to 1961. He worked then as a lecturer in Harvard and received to 1967 a chair for mathematics. 1981 to 1984 it led the department OF Mathematics, and between 1991 and 1994 he was vice-president of the university.

Mumford worked approximately between 1959 and 1982 in the area of algebraic geometry, where he made important contributions. In particular it employed with the classification of curves, surfaces and Abel Varietäten and developed for this the geometrical invariant theory.

Since 1983 its interest lies in the theory of seeing, it busily in particular the picture understanding (computer vision), the statistic treatment about picture signals as well as problems of the neural image processing.

1974 were distinguished David Mumford with the falling DS medal. Between 1995 and 1998 he was a president of the international mathematical union (IMU).


  • Geometric invariantly Theory. New York (1965)
  • Abelian Varieties. Oxford (1970)
  • Algebraic Geometry I: Complex Projective Varieties. New York (1976)


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