Melanie Matchett Wood
Melanie Matchett Wood is a professor of mathematics at Harvard University and a Radcliffe Alumnae Professor at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. She studies questions about how number systems can be expanded into larger systems and how such expansions affect primes and factorization in the number systems.
During her Radcliffe fellowship, Wood plans to develop new tools in the probability theory of random algebraic structures, motivated by the classical probability theory of random numbers. Her goal is to apply a probabilistic viewpoint to better understand the distribution of different kinds of factorization behavior across the universe of possible number systems.
Wood has been awarded a Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering and the AWM Microsoft Research Prize in Algebra and Number Theory, and she is a fellow of the American Mathematical Society. In 2021, Wood received a National Science Foundation Alan T. Waterman Award, the nation’s highest honor for early-career scientists and engineers. She completed her PhD at Princeton University under the supervision of Manjul Bhargava.