David Eisenbud serves as Director of the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI).


He received his Ph.D. in mathematics in 1970 at the University of Chicago under Saunders MacLane and Chris Robson, and was on the faculty at Brandeis University before coming to Berkeley, where he became Professor of Mathematics in 1997. He served from 2009 to 2011 as Director for Mathematics and the Physical Sciences at the Simons Foundation and is currently on the Board of Directors.

David’s mathematical interests range widely over commutative and non-commutative algebra, algebraic geometry, topology, and computer methods. He is Chair of the Editorial Board of the Algebra and Number Theory journal, which he helped found in 2006, and serves on the Board of the Journal of Software for Algebra and Geometry, as well as Springer-Verlag’s book series Algorithms and Computation in Mathematics

He was President of the American Mathematical Society from 2003 to 2005, and serves as a Director of Math for America, a foundation devoted to improving mathematics teaching. He has been a member of the Board of Mathematical Sciences and their Applications of the National Research Council, and is a member of the US National Committee of the International Mathematical Union. In 2006, he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 

David’s interests outside of mathematics include theater, music and juggling. He is co-author of a paper on the mathematics of juggling. He plays the flute and sings Bach, Brahms, Schubert, and Schumann.

Ph.D., University of Chicago