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Emmy Murphy is an assistant professor of mathematics at Northwestern University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Her work is primarily in symplectic topology, a field connecting abstract mathematical geometry with classical mechanics, optics, and modern physics.
Murphy’s work is focused on understanding symplectic geometry using tools from h-principles and smooth topology. In practice, this means taking complicated mathematical objects and attempting to understand them holistically by studying them from a visual and animated perspective.
Murphy received her PhD in mathematics from Stanford University. In 2015, she received a Sloan Research Fellowship and a prize from l’Académie royale de Belgique for her contribution to the existence of contact structures.