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41. Nathan Jacobson (19101999)
President 19711972
Ph.D. Princeton University, Princeton, New Jersey, 1934
Jacobson was born in Warsaw. After he came to the U.S. he received his A.B. from the University of Alabama (1930). His principal academic appointment was at Yale University, from 1947 until his retirement in 1981. His textbooks on algebra served several generations of students. Jacobson was awarded the AMS Leroy P. Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement in 1998 for his research in ring theory, Lie algebras, and Jordan algebras, and for his contributions to teaching, exposition, and the mathematical profession. Jacobson was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.


For more information:

History of the Second Fifty Years: American Mathematical Society, 19391988, by Everett Pitcher (AMS, 1988), which includes AMS Presidents from 19391988 (and reports on all aspects of the Society during the period).

The MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive

Mathematics Genealogy Project

"Nathan Jacobson, noted for workin abstract algebra, dies," an obituary in The Yale Bulletin & Calendar (December 13, 1999January 17, 2000; Vol. 28, No. 16).

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