Ken Ono is the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Mathematics at Emory University in Atlanta. Devoted to the study of complex modular forms, integer partitions, and ancient number theory, Ono has recently discovered a finite formula for computing partition numbers, a 500-year-old equation described as "the finite, algebraic formula that we have all been looking for." Receiving his B.A. at the University of Chicago in 1989 and his Ph.D. at UCLA in 1993, his activity in the mathematical sciences includes articles, expert commentary, and seminars related to the complexity of numbers and their properties. The Towson, Maryland native was named the National Science Foundation Director's Distinguished Teaching Scholar in 2005, recognized by the Guggenheim Fellowship, Sloan Fellowship, and Packard Fellowship, and recognized by President Bill Clinton with the Presidential Career Award in 2000. He is an avid bicycle enthusiast, an outdoorsman, and a mentor to young mathematicians of all ages. In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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