The Roles of Academic Genealogies


Academic genealogies play significant roles in the mathematical and physical sciences. Within this context, genealogy is defined as the tracing of one’s academic lineage backwards from an individual’s doctoral advisor, to that person’s doctoral advisor, etc. Similar genealogies may also be constructed based on an individual’s undergraduate professor or research director. We the discuss multi-roles played by an academic genealogy in the shaping of an individual’s ability to obtain “high status” professorships, secure adequate research funding, attain leadership positions in relevant professional societies and to attract quality students for research. Two examples of such a genealogy will be constructed and discussed.

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