# Joseph J. Rotman

**Joseph J. Rotman** (May 26, 1934 – October 16, 2016[1]) was a Professor of Mathematics at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign[2] and also a published author of 10 textbooks.

Rotman was born in Chicago. He did his undergraduate and graduate work at the University of Chicago, where he received his doctorate in 1959 with a thesis in abelian groups written under the direction of Irving Kaplansky.[3] In 1959 he moved to the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, where he spent the rest of his mathematical career. Rotman retired from UIUC in 2004.[4] His research interests lay in the area of algebra, involving abelian groups, modules, homological algebra, and combinatorics.[5]

Rotman was the Managing Editor of the *Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society* in 1972–1973.[4] In 1985 he was the Annual Visiting Lecturer of the South African Mathematical Society.[6]

A partial list of Rotman's publications includes:

*An Introduction to Homological Algebra*(1979), Pure and Applied Mathematics, vol. 85, Academic Press; ISBN 0-12-599250-5*An Introduction to Algebraic Topology*(1988), Springer-Verlag; ISBN 0-387-96678-1*An Introduction to the Theory of Groups*(1995), Springer-Verlag; ISBN 0-387-94285-8*A First Course in Abstract Algebra*(2000), Prentice Hall; ISBN 0-13-011584-3*Advanced Modern Algebra*(2002), Prentice Hall; ISBN 0-13-087868-5*Journey into Mathematics: an introduction to proofs*(2006), Dover Publications; ISBN 0-486-45306-5

## References

- Joseph Rotman (obituary), The News-Gazette, Tuesday, October 18, 2016.
- "J. Rotman". uiuc.edu. Retrieved August 6, 2016.
- Joseph J. Rotman at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
- Retirements: Joseph Rotman, Math Times, Spring 2004, p. 9, Department of Mathematics, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.
- "J. Rotman". uiuc.edu. Retrieved August 6, 2016.
- Faculty honors, Department of Mathematics, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign.