Shimshon Amitsur

Shimshon Avraham Amitsur (born Kaplan; Hebrew: שמשון אברהם עמיצור; August 26, 1921 – September 5, 1994) was an Israeli mathematician. He is best known for his work in ring theory, in particular PI rings, an area of abstract algebra.

Shimshon Amitsur
Shimshon Amitsur, Leeds, 1972 (photo by George M. Bergman)
Born(1921-08-26)August 26, 1921
DiedSeptember 5, 1994(1994-09-05) (aged 73)
Nationality Israeli
Alma materHebrew University
Scientific career
InstitutionsHebrew University
Doctoral advisorJacob Levitzki
Doctoral studentsAmitai Regev
Eliyahu Rips
Aner Shalev


Amitsur was born in Jerusalem and studied at the Hebrew University under the supervision of Jacob Levitzki. His studies were repeatedly interrupted, first by World War II and then by the Israel's War of Independence. He received his M.Sc. degree in 1946, and his Ph.D. in 1950. Later, for his joint work with Levitzki, he received the first Israel Prize in Exact Sciences. He worked at the Hebrew University until his retirement in 1989. Amitsur was a visiting scholar at the Institute for Advanced Study from 1952 to 1954.[1] He was an Invited Speaker at the ICM in 1970 in Nice.[2] He was a member of the Israel Academy of Sciences, where he was the Head for Experimental Science Section. He was one of the founding editors of the Israel Journal of Mathematics, and the mathematical editor of the Hebrew Encyclopedia. Amitsur received a number of awards, including the honorary doctorate from Ben-Gurion University in 1990. His students included Avinoam Mann, Amitai Regev, Eliyahu Rips and Aner Shalev.


Amitsur and Jacob Levitzki were each awarded the Israel Prize in exact sciences, in 1953, its inaugural year.[3]

See also


  • Amitsur, A. S.; Levitzki, Jakob (1950), "Minimal identities for algebras", Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society, 1 (4): 449–463, doi:10.1090/S0002-9939-1950-0036751-9, ISSN 0002-9939, JSTOR 2032312, MR 0036751
  • Amitsur, S. A. (2001), Mann, Avinoam; Regev, Amitai; Rowen, Louis; Saltman, David J.; Small, Lance W. (eds.), Selected papers of S. A. Amitsur with commentary. Part 1, Providence, R.I.: American Mathematical Society, ISBN 978-0-8218-2924-0, MR 1866636
  • Amitsur, S. A. (2001), Mann, Avinoam; Regev, Amitai; Rowen, Louis; Saltman, David J.; Small, Lance W. (eds.), Selected papers of S. A. Amitsur with commentary. Part 2, Providence, R.I.: American Mathematical Society, ISBN 978-0-8218-2925-7, MR 1866637


  1. Institute for Advanced Study: A Community of Scholars Archived 2013-01-06 at the Wayback Machine
  2. Amitsur, S. A. "Some results on rings with polynomial identities." Archived 2016-10-01 at the Wayback Machine Actes, Congrès. intern. math. Tome 1 (1970): 269–272.
  3. "Israel Prize recipients in 1953 (in Hebrew)". Israel Prize Official Site. Archived from the original on January 24, 2010.
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