Professor of Mathematics
Daniel Nakano, professor of mathematics, is a world leader in algebraic representation theory, which includes the study of Lie algebras, algebraic groups, and quantum groups. This important branch of mathematics affects many other disciplines such as chemistry and physics as scientists strive to understand symmetry in nature. In representation theory, an abstract algebraic entity is realized as matrices of numbers. Nakano’s research provides important fundamental advances, and he has a history of original results by creating new approaches or solutions, where others failed. His expertise and leadership have been critically important in the success of UGA’s National Science Foundation Vertical Integration of Research and Education in Mathematics Program. His work has garnered international recognition and has contributed to making UGA a center of mathematics research in representation theory.