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Jonathan D. Farley Born: 1970; Birthplace: Rochester, New York A.B. (Mathematics)
Harvard University (1991); thesis: ; advisor: Garrett Birkhoff. Current Research Interests: Lattice Theory and the Theory of Ordered Sets Visiting Scholar in the Department of Mathematics at Harvard University. Dr. Farley started a company that applied mathematics in the hunt for terrorists  see interview with Farley at Fox . Hear the Air America interview and Tavis Smiley interview. Farley started a company that does consulting for movies and

Harvard URL: http://abel.math.harvard.edu/~lattice/ email: check URL Phone: (617) 4958477 
Farley comes from an accomplished family. His father, a native of Guyana, holds a Ph.D. from the London School of Economics; his mother, who is Jamaican, has a Ph.D. in American history (I encountered her work on Africn American history before I knew of Farley) and is a Regent for the State of New York. Farley's three brothers are all Harvard graduates. (His brother Christopher John Farley is a senior editor and pop music critic for Time Magazine.)
Farley's heroes include the African military genius Hannibal, the West Indian psychiatrist Frantz Fanon, the Cuban revolutionary Che Guevara, and Jesus.
In addition to his academic work, Farley has written for the hiphop magazine The Source, the black women's magazine Essence, The Guardian (a major British newspaper), and Time Magazine OnLine. Ebony, the leading AfricanAmerican magazine, named Farley a "Leader of the Future" in 2001, and Upscale Magazine ran a profile of him as well.
Jonathan David Farley graduated summa cum laude (and second in his class) with an A.B. (Mathematics) from Harvard University in 1991, where earned 29 A's and 3 A's His undergraduate thesis advisor was Prof. Garrett Birkhoff.
Farley won a Marshall Scholarship to study at Oxford University. In 1994 he was awarded Oxford University's Senior Mathematical Prize and Johnson Prize for his research. While in England, he won Oxford's highest mathematics awards, the Senior Mathematical Prize and Johnson Prize. He received his doctorate (D.Phil.  Mathematics) from Oxford University (England) in July, 1995.
From 1995 to 1997, he was a PostDoctoral Fellow at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) in Berkeley, California. The following is excerpted from the 1999 bimonthly newsletter of the California Black Faculty and Staff Association.
Last summer he [Dr. Jonathan Farley] responded to an article in Time Magazine which attacked affirmative action and supported Proposition 209. He wrote a letter to the editor which stated, in part: "If Alabama had held a referendum on segregation in the 1950s or on slavery in the 1850s, wickedness would have won each time. Krauthammer calls it `democracy' when a numerically stronger group (whites) forces the numerically weaker group (Blacks) to do its will. Enlightened men call it tyranny." Similarly, in a December 17, 1996 letter to the editor of the San Francisco Examiner he [Dr. Jonathan Farley] protested: "(Mr. Siskind) says that we are "whining" when we try to block the implementation of the racist Proposition 209. He ignores the fact that half of all propositions get blocked by the courts, typical of the pro209 forces' dishonesty. How come when whites complain that blacks are taking away all their jobs (which is not only a lie but mathematically impossible), no one says they are whining?"
Since MSRI, Dr. Jonathan Farley has been an Assistant Professor of Mathematics at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 2002. He was one of only four people in the United States to receive a 20012002 Fulbright Distinguished Scholar Award to the United Kingdom. He will spend the year conducting research at the University of Oxford. From 2003 to 2004 Farley was a Visiting Professor of Applied Mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Associate Professor Vanderbilt University.
Dr. Farley is the 2004 recipient of the Harvard Foundation's Distinguished Scientist Award, a medal presented on behalf of the president of Harvard University for "outstanding achievements and contributions in the field of mathematics." The City of Cambridge, Massachusetts declared March 19, 2004 to be "Dr. Jonathan David Farley Day." In 2005, he was named a Science Fellow of Stanford University's Center for International Security.
Selected nonmathematics articles about or by Jonathan David Farley.
RESEARCH NOTES
Prof. Farley's main areas of research are lattice theory and the theory of ordered sets. Though he earned his Ph.D. in 1995, he has many very good papers. In 2003 solved an mathematics problem posed in 1981 by Richard P. Stanley, and a George Grätzer problem posed in 1964.
SELECTED PUBLICATIONS
References: Dr. Farley; William A. Massey; MathSciNet; there is also a profile in Upscale Magazine (July 2001 issue); http://atlas.math.vanderbilt.edu/~farley/; http://wwwmath.mit.edu/people/faculty/farley.html; http://abel.math.harvard.edu/~lattice/;
The web pages
MATHEMATICIANS OF THE AFRICAN DIASPORA
are brought to you by
The Mathematics Department of
The State University of New York at Buffalo.
They are created and maintained
by
Scott W. Williams
Professor of Mathematics