Hyman Bass

Hyman Bass (/ˈhmən bæs/; born October 5, 1932)[1] is an American mathematician, known for work in algebra and in mathematics education. From 1959 to 1998 he was Professor in the Mathematics Department at Columbia University. He is currently the Samuel Eilenberg Distinguished University Professor of Mathematics and Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Michigan.

Hyman Bass
BornOctober 5, 1932 (1932-10-05) (age 87)
NationalityAmerican
Alma materUniversity of Chicago
Known foralgebraic K-theory
commutative algebra
algebraic geometry
algebraic groups
Riemann zeta function
AwardsNational Medal of Science (2006)
Cole Prize (1975)
Scientific career
FieldsMathematics
InstitutionsColumbia University, Barnard College, University of Michigan
Doctoral advisorIrving Kaplansky
Doctoral studentsTsit Yuen Lam

Life

Born to a Jewish family in Houston, Texas,[1] he earned his B.A. in 1955 from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in 1959 from the University of Chicago. His thesis, titled Global dimensions of rings, was written under the supervision of Irving Kaplansky.

He has held visiting appointments at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey,[2] Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques and École Normale Supérieure, (Paris), Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (Bombay), University of Cambridge, University of California, Berkeley, University of Rome, IMPA (Rio), National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mittag-Leffler Institute (Stockholm), and the University of Utah. He was president of the American Mathematical Society.

Bass formerly chaired the Mathematical Sciences Education Board (1992–2000) at the National Academy of Sciences, and the Committee on Education of the American Mathematical Society. He was the President of ICMI from 1999 to 2006.[3] Since 1996 he has been collaborating with Deborah Ball and her research group at the University of Michigan on the mathematical knowledge and resources entailed in the teaching of mathematics at the elementary level. He has worked to build bridges between diverse professional communities and stakeholders involved in mathematics education.

Work

His research interests have been in algebraic K-theory, commutative algebra and algebraic geometry, algebraic groups, geometric methods in group theory, and ζ functions on finite simple graphs.

Awards and recognitions

Bass was elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 1982.[4] In 1983, he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.[5] In 2002 he was elected a fellow of The World Academy of Sciences.[6] He is a 2006 National Medal of Science laureate.[7] In 2009 he was elected a member of the National Academy of Education.[8] In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[9]

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