Meyer Jerison

Meyer Jerison (November 28, 1922 – March 13, 1995) was an American mathematician known for his work in functional analysis and rings, and especially for collaborating with Leonard Gillman on one of the standard texts in the field: Rings of Continuous Functions.[1]

Meyer Jerison
Born(1922-11-08)November 8, 1922
DiedMarch 13, 1995(1995-03-13) (aged 72)
Alma materUniversity of Michigan
City College of New York
Scientific career
FieldsFunctional analysis
InstitutionsPurdue University
Doctoral advisorSumner Myers
Doctoral studentsJoel Smoller

Jerison immigrated in 1929 from Poland to New York City, and was naturalized in 1933.[2] He earned a bachelor's degree in 1943 from City College of New York and a master's degree in applied math in 1947 from Brown University. In 1945, he married the former Miriam Schwartz.[2] He earned a Ph.D. in mathematics in 1950 from the University of Michigan under Sumner Myers with a dissertation entitled "The Space of Bounded Maps Into a Banach Space."

Jerison worked briefly at NACA in Cleveland and at Lockheed Corporation. He joined the mathematics faculty at Purdue University in 1951, where he spent the remainder of his career, retiring in 1991.[2]


  1. Hewitt, Edwin (1962). "Review: Rings of continuous functions by Leonard Gillman and Meyer Jerison" (PDF). Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 68 (3): 173–176. doi:10.1090/S0002-9904-1962-10732-0.
  2. Gillman, L.; Henriksen, M. (1996). "Meyer Jerison, 1922-1995" (PDF). NAMS. 43 (1): 17–18.
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