Jean E. Rubin

Jean Estelle Hirsh Rubin (October 29, 1926 – October 25, 2002) was an American mathematician known for her research on the axiom of choice. She worked for many years as a professor of mathematics at Purdue University. Rubin wrote five books: three on the axiom of choice, and two more on more general topics in set theory and mathematical logic.[1][2]

Education and career

Jean Hirsch was born in New York City, graduated from Queens College, City University of New York in 1948, and completed a master's degree at Columbia University in 1949.[2] She did her doctoral studies at Stanford University, during which time she married and changed her name to Jean Rubin. She completed her Ph.D. at Stanford in 1955. Her dissertation, jointly supervised by J.C.C. McKinsey and Patrick Suppes, was Bi-Modal Logic, Double Closure Algebras and Hilbert Space.[1][2][3]

She became a lecturer at the University of Oregon and, in 1960, an assistant professor at Michigan State University. In 1967, she moved again, to Purdue University, where she remained for the rest of her career.[1][2]

Personal life

Rubin was married to statistician Herman Rubin, with whom she wrote two of her books. Their son is mathematician and aerospace engineer Arthur Rubin.[1]


Rubin was the author or co-author of:


  1. "Jean E. Rubin Obituary", Logic List Mailing Archive, Institute for Logic, Language and Computation, University of Amsterdam, February 20, 2003, retrieved 2018-05-22
  2. Fuller, William; Lipschitz, Leonard (February 3, 2003), Memorial Resolution: Jean E. Rubin, 1926–2002, retrieved 2018-05-22
  3. Jean E. Rubin at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  4. Reviews of Equivalents of the Axiom of Choice:
  5. Reviews of Set Theory for the Mathematician:
    • Gillman, L., Mathematical Reviews, MR 0215726CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • A. S. G. (February 1968), Current Science, 37 (3): 89–90, JSTOR 24063631CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Shepherdson, J. C. (November 1969), Bulletin of the London Mathematical Society, 1 (3): 437–438, doi:10.1112/blms/1.3.437CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
  6. Reviews of Equivalents of the Axiom of Choice, II:
  7. Review of Mathematical Logic: Applications and Theory:
    • Felscher, Walter (June 1994), The Journal of Symbolic Logic, 59 (2): 670–671, doi:10.2307/2275418, JSTOR 2275418CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
  8. Reviews of Consequences of the Axiom of Choice:
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