Some Geometry of the Past Half Century and Its Historical Background
March 23, 2006
Institute Professor Isadore Singer, a world-renowned mathematician known for his work covering a broad spectrum of geometry, analysis and algebra, was MIT's James R. Killian Jr. Faculty Achievement Award winner for 2005–2006. "His work is fundamental in differential geometry, topology, in function and operator algebras and in partial differential equations," said Professor Marcus Thompson, chair of the Killian Award Committee. Read more at MIT News.
Spring of 1997
Professor Gian-Carlo Rota of the Department of Mathematics, internationally recognized as a pioneer in discrete mathematics, has been selected as the recipient of the 1996–97 James R. Killian Jr. Faculty Achievement Award. Professor Rota was born in 1932 in a small village near Milan, Italy. In the final years of World War II fear of arrest forced his family to become itinerant political refugees within Italy. Eventually, they moved to Ecuador, where Professor Rota completed his secondary education. He holds the BS degree summa cum laude in mathematics from Princeton University (1953) and the PhD from Yale (1956). He joined MIT in 1962 and has remained here since except for two years, 1965–67, when he was on the faculty of Rockefeller University. Read more at MIT News.