Education
Stanford University; Princeton University.
Stanford University; Princeton University.
He is currently an assistant professor at Stanford University. Pardon"s father, William Pardon, is a mathematics professor at Duke University, and when Pardon was a high school student at the Durham Academy he also took classes at Duke. He was a three-time gold medalist at the International Olympiad in Informatics, in 2005, 2006, and 2007. in 2007, Pardon placed second in the Intel Science Talent Search competition, with a generalization to rectifiable curves of the carpenter"s rule problem for polygons.
In this project, he showed that every rectifiable Jordan curve in the plane can be continuously deformed into a convex curve without changing its length and without ever allowing any two points of the curve to get closer to each other.
He published this research in the Transactions of the American Mathematical Society in 2009. Pardon then went to Princeton University, where after his sophomore year he primarily took graduate-level mathematics classes.
At Princeton, Pardon solved a problem in knot theory posed by Mikhail Gromov in 1983 about whether every knot can be embedded into three-dimensional space with bounded stretch factor. Pardon showed that, on the contrary, the stretch factor of certain torus knots could be arbitrarily large.
Pardon also took part in a Chinese-language immersion program at Princeton, and was part of Princeton"s team at an international debate competition in Singapore, broadcast on Chinese television
He graduated in 2011, as Princeton"s valedictorian. He completed his Doctor of Philosophy in 2015, under the supervision of Yakov Eliashberg, and continued at Stanford as an assistant professor In 2015, he was also appointed to a five-year term as a Clay Research Fellow.