Tim Cochran | |
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Born | April 7, 1955 |

Died | December 16, 2014 59) | (aged

Nationality | American |

Alma mater | University of California |

Known for | Cochran–Orr–Teichner (solvable) filtration |

Scientific career | |

Fields | Mathematics |

Institutions | Rice University |

Doctoral advisor | Robion Kirby |

Doctoral students | Shelly Harvey |

**Thomas** "**Tim**" **Daniel Cochran** (April 7, 1955 – December 16, 2014) was a professor of mathematics at Rice University specializing in topology, especially low-dimensional topology, the theory of knots and links and associated algebra.

Tim Cochran was a valedictorian for the Severna Park High School Class of 1973. Later, he was an undergraduate at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1982 (*Embedding 4-manifolds in S ^{5}*).

With his coauthors Kent Orr and Peter Teichner, Cochran defined the solvable filtration of the knot concordance group, whose lower levels encapsulate many classical knot concordance invariants.

Cochran was also responsible for naming the slam-dunk move for surgery diagrams in low-dimensional topology.

While at Rice, he was named an Outstanding Faculty Associate (1992–93), and received the Faculty Teaching and Mentoring Award from the Rice Graduate Student Association (2014)^{ [4] }

He was named a fellow of the American Mathematical Society ^{ [5] } in 2014, for *contributions to low-dimensional topology, specifically knot and link concordance, and for mentoring numerous junior mathematicians*.

- Cochran, T. (1984). "Four-manifolds which embed in but not in and Seifert manifolds for fibered knots".
*Inventiones Mathematicae*.**77**: 173–184. doi:10.1007/BF01389141. S2CID 121286879. - Cochran, Tim D. (1985). "Geometric invariants of link cobordism".
*Commentarii Mathematici Helvetici*.**60**: 291–311. doi:10.1007/BF02567416. S2CID 120444453. - Cochran, Tim D. (1990). "Derivatives of links: Massey products and Milnor's concordance invariants".
*Memoirs of the American Mathematical Society*.**84**(427). doi:10.1090/memo/0427. - Cochran, Tim D.; Orr, Kent E. (1993). "Not all links are concordant to boundary links".
*Annals of Mathematics*.**138**(3): 519–554. doi:10.2307/2946555. JSTOR 2946555. - Cochran, Tim D.; Orr, Kent E.; Teichner, Peter (2003). "Knot Concordance, Whitney Towers and -signatures".
*Annals of Mathematics*.**157**(2): 433–519. arXiv: math/9908117 . doi: 10.4007/annals.2003.157.433 . - Cochran, Tim D.; Orr, Kent E.; Teichner, Peter (2004). "Structure in the Classical Knot Concordance Group".
*Commentarii Mathematici Helvetici*.**79**(1): 105–123. doi: 10.1007/s00014-001-0793-6 . - Cochran, Tim D. (2004). "Noncommutative Knot Theory".
*Algebraic and Geometric Topology*.**4**: 347–398. arXiv: math/0206258 . doi: 10.2140/agt.2004.4.347 . - Cochran, Tim D.; Teichner, Peter (2007). "Knot Concordance and von Neumann -invariants".
*Duke Mathematical Journal*.**137**(2): 337–379. doi:10.1215/S0012-7094-07-13723-2. S2CID 119495376. - Cochran, Tim D.; Harvey, Shelly (2008). "Homology and Derived Series of Groups II: Dwyer's Theorem".
*Geometry and Topology*.**12**(1): 199–232. arXiv: math/0609484 . doi: 10.2140/gt.2008.12.199 . - Cochran, Tim D.; Harvey, Shelly; Leidy, Constance (2009). "Knot concordance and Higher-order Blanchfield duality".
*Geometry and Topology*.**13**(3): 1419–1482. arXiv: 0710.3082 . doi: 10.2140/gt.2009.13.1419 . - Cochran, Tim D.; Harvey, Shelly; Leidy, Constance (2011). "Primary decomposition and the fractal nature of knot concordance".
*Mathematische Annalen*.**351**(2): 443–508. arXiv: 0906.1373 . doi:10.1007/s00208-010-0604-5. S2CID 7556758. - Cochran, Tim D.; Davis, Christopher William (2015). "Counterexamples to Kauffman's conjectures on slice knots".
*Advances in Mathematics*.**274**: 263–284. arXiv: 1303.4418 . doi: 10.1016/j.aim.2014.12.006 .

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- ↑ Tim Cochran at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
- ↑ "Rice mourns loss of mathematician Tim Cochran" . Retrieved December 20, 2014.
- ↑ "2 Rice mathematicians honored" . Retrieved December 20, 2014.
- ↑ "GSA honors those who support grad students at Rice" . Retrieved December 19, 2014.
- ↑ "List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society" . Retrieved December 18, 2014.

- Tim Cochran's home page.

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