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Lipman Bers

 

43. Lipman Bers (1914-1993)

President 1975-1976

Ph.D. Doctor of Natural Sciences, University of Prague (now Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic), 1938

Bers Came to the U.S. in 1940 by way of his native Lativia, then Czechoslovakia and France, all the while a political activist. His areas of research were potential theory, partial differential equations, Riemann surfaces, Kleinian groups, and Teichmüller theory. He had academic appointments at Syracuse University (1945-1951), the Courant Institute at New York University (1951-1964) and at Columbia University (1964 until his retirement in 1982). Over the course of his career he advised a high proportion of women doctoral students (16 of 48). An excellent expositor, Bers received the AMS Leroy P. Steele Prize for Exposition in 1975. Bers was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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