42. Saunders Mac Lane
D. Phil. Mathematisches Institut, Göttingen, Germany
Mac Lane helped develop category theory and co-authored A Survey of Modern Algebra with Garrett Birkhoff. His principal academic appointments were at Harvard University (1938-1947) and at the University of Chicago (1947 until his retirement in 1982). He served as president of the Mathematical Association of America from 1963 to 1964. He was awarded the AMS Leroy P. Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement in 1986 for his many contributions to algebra and algebraic topology, and in particular for his pioneering work in homological and categorical algebra. Mac Lane had many prominent roles over his career, including serving as vice president of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences from 1973-1981.
- MR Author Profile
- History of the Second Fifty Years: American Mathematical Society, 1939-1988, by Everett Pitcher (AMS, 1988), which includes AMS Presidents from 1939-1988 (and reports on all aspects of the Society during the period).
- The MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive
- Mathematics Genealogy Project
- A Guide to the Saunders Mac Lane Papers, 1967-1979 at the Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin
- Saunders Mac Lane: A Mathematical Autobiography, by Saunders Mac Lane (A.K. Peters, 2005).
- Photographs in "Who's That Mathematician? Images from the Paul R. Halmos Photograph Collection"