Person: Browder (2), William
William Browder is an American mathematician, specialising in algebraic topology, differential topology and differential geometry.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- All three boys have become leading mathematicians and so we should begin by giving some details of their parents Earl and Raissa Browder.
- Earl Browder returned to the United States in 1929 but Raissa remained in Moscow until 1933.
- For the next sixteen years the Browders waged a legal battle to prevent her deportation.
- This convinced Browder that his talents were in mathematics rather than physics so, after graduating with a B.S. from MIT in 1954, he began graduate studies in mathematics at Princeton University.
- Browder was appointed as an Instructor in Mathematics at the University of Rochester in 1957.
- Browder received a Ph.D. from Princeton in 1958 for his thesis Homology of Loop Spaces.
- Frank Adams calls this last mentioned paper "a remarkable study in the homology of H-spaces." Browder was promoted from Assistant Professor to Associate Professor at Cornell University in 1961.
- Browder was one of the inventors of surgery theory, which unifies methods and techniques from several branches of topology and applies them to the classification of high-dimensional manifolds.
- Browder published the book Surgery on simply-connected manifolds in 1972.
- Browder has given remarkable service to the American Mathematical Society over many years.
- Beginning with the historical roots of these questions, Browder concentrated on familiar examples such as the sphere, the nnn-sphere, or a product of spheres of different dimensions.
- In addition to his work for the American Mathematical Society, Browder has contributed to the mathematical scene in many other ways.
- Browder has received (and continues to receive) honours for his outstanding contributions.
- The American Mathematical Society held a Special Session on Homotopy Theory at their Spring Meeting in Lawrenceville in April 2004 in honour of Browder's 70th birthday.
- Let us end this biography by quoting Browder's Statement when standing for the Nominating Committee of the American Mathematical Society in 1998.
Born 6 January 1934, New York City, New York, USA.
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive