# Mathematician:Nathan Jacobson

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## Mathematician

Polish-American mathematician mainly working in abstract algebra.

Student of Joseph Henry Maclagan Wedderburn.

Known as **Jake** to his friends and colleagues.

## Nationality

American, of Polish Jewish descent

## History

- 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.

## Publications

- 1934:
*Non-commutative polynomials and cyclic algebras* - 1943:
*The theory of rings* - 1949:
*Classification and representation of semi-simple Jordan algebras*(with F.D. Jacobson)

- 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*