Person: Mochizuki, Horace Yomishi
Horace Mochizuki was an American mathematician who worked in group theory and is particularly known for his work on the Burnside conjecture.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Horace was brought up on a farm in the Great Central Valley, in California, U.S.A. Horace was only four years old when over 180 Japanese aircraft attacked Pearl Harbour on 7 December 1941.
- Mochizuki was very musical and while at high school he also attended the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara where he played the violin.
- Mochizuki's first three papers were on ring theory.
- When Mochizuki arrived in Santa Barbara he soon met another young mathematician Seymour Bachmuth and in December 1965 they began a collaboration.
- From this time on Mochizuki contributed to the theory of groups.
- We should make special mention of Mochizuki's paper Unipotent matrix groups over division rings (1978) where he presented a non-commutative version of "Kolchin's Theorem" which solved a famous problem of Kaplansky.
- Four years later Mochizuki did not attend the Groups St Andrews conference but contributed an important survey paper Automorphisms of solvable groups II.
- The junior faculty especially appreciated Horace's advice and encouragement.
- Horace loved teaching and doing mathematical research and felt fortunate to be able to do these things.
Born 18 May 1937, California, USA. Died 9 June 1989, Santa Barbara, California, USA.
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive