Polish-American mathematician mainly working in abstract algebra.
Student of Joseph Henry Maclagan Wedderburn.
Known as Jake to his friends and colleagues.
American, of Polish Jewish descent
- Born: 5 October (actual), 8 Sept (official) 1910 in Warsaw, Russian Empire (now Poland)
- 1918: Emigrated to USA
- 1930: Graduated from the University of Alabama
- 1934: Awarded a doctorate in mathematics from Princeton University
- 1935-36: Taught and researched at Bryn Mawr College (taking over the position of Emmy Noether, who had just died)
- 1936-37: Taught and researched at the University of Chicago
- 1937-43: Taught and researched at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
- 25th August 1942: Married Florie Dorfman
- 1943-47: Taught and researched at Johns Hopkins University
- 1947: Taught and researched at Yale University
- 1971-73: President of the American Mathematical Society
- 1972-74: Vice-president of the International Mathematical Union
- 1998: Awarded the Leroy P. Steele prize for lifetime achievement
- Died: 5 Dec 1999 in Hamden, Connecticut, USA
Theorems and Definitions
Definitions of concepts named for Nathan Jacobson can be found here.
- 1934: Non-commutative polynomials and cyclic algebras
- 1943: The theory of rings
- 1949: Classification and representation of semi-simple Jordan algebras (with Florie Dorfman)
- 1951 -- 1964: Lectures in Abstract Algebra
- 1956: Structure of rings
- 1962: Lie algebras
- 1968: Structure and representations of Jordan algebras
- 1971: Exceptional Lie algebras
- 1975: PI-algebras : an introduction