Professor David Eisenbud received his PhD in Mathematics in 1970 at the University of Chicago, and was on the faculty at Brandeis University before joining University of California, Berkeley, where he became Professor of Mathematics in 1997. He has served as Director of MSRI from 1997–2007 and from 2013 to the present. From 2009 to 2011 he was Director for Mathematics and the Physical Sciences at the Simons Foundation, and is currently on the Board of Directors of the Foundation. Professor Eisenbud’s mathematical interests range over commutative and non-commutative algebra, algebraic geometry, topology, and computer methods.

Professor Eisenbud was President of the American Mathematical Society from 2003 to 2005. He is 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 of the US National Committee of the International Mathematical Union. In 2006, Eisenbud was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.