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Isadore Singer

AKA Isadore Manuel Singer

Born: 3-May-1924
Birthplace: Detroit, MI

Gender: Male
Religion: Jewish
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Mathematician

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Atiyah-Singer index theorem

Military service: US Army (1944-47)

Mathematician Isadore Singer, working with his British colleague Michael Atiyah, developed the Atiyah-Singer index theorem. It has applications in theoretical physics, including the theory of anomalies, gauge theory, monopoles, and string theory, and has increased interdisciplinary collaborations between pure mathematics and theoretical particle physicists.

Wife: Rosemarie
Daughter: Annabelle Catherine Singer Schrock

    University: BS Mathematics, University of Michigan (1944)
    University: MA Mathematics, University of Chicago (1948)
    University: PhD Mathematics, University of Chicago (1950)
    Teacher: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1950-52)
    Teacher: University of California at Los Angeles (1952-53)
    Teacher: Columbia University (1953-54)
    Professor: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1954-77)
    Professor: University of California at Berkeley (1977-87)
    Professor: Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1987-)

    Abel Prize 2004 (with Michael Atiyah)
    Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement 2000
    American Mathematical Society Award for Distinguished Public Service 1992
    Wigner Medal 1988
    National Medal of Science 1983
    B˘cher Prize 1969
    American Academy of Arts and Sciences
    American Philosophical Society
    National Academy of Sciences
    National Research Council
    American Mathematical Society Vice President (1970-72)
    Jewish Ancestry

Author of books:
Differential Geometry: Lectures (1962)


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