Person: Gleason, Andrew Mattei
Andrew Gleason was an American mathematician who made contributions to many areas of mathematics, including the solution of Hilbert's fifth problem.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Andrew attended the Berkeley, California, High School then later was a student at the Roosevelt High School in Yonkers, New York.
- Graduating from Yale in 1942 Gleason joined the US Navy as a code breaker.
- Gleason was steadily promoted at Harvard, becoming a full professor in 1957.
- Jean Gleason became Professor of Psychology at Boston University.
- Gleason retired in 1992.
- Andy Gleason is that rare individual who has done all of these superbly.
- Then, in 1952, Gleason's paper Groups without small subgroups taken together with the results of Montgomery and Zippin, and Yamabe, gave a complete solution to Hilbert's problem.
- Gleason won the Newcomb Cleveland Prize from the American Association for the Advancement of Science for his contribution to the solution of the problem.
- Gleason was also interested in combinatorial and finite mathematics.
- In 1966 Gleason published Fundamentals of abstract analysis.
- In 1980 Gleason, together with R E Greenwood and L M Kelly, published The William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition which gave all the problems and their solutions from the beginning of the competition in 1938 up to 1964.
- Gleason has received many honours for his outstanding contributions to teaching, research, and mathematics in general.
- Gleason died from complications following surgery at Mount Auburn Hospital in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Born 4 November 1921, Fresno, California, USA. Died 17 October 2008, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA.
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