|Died||December 5, 1999 (aged 89)|
|Alma mater||Princeton University (Ph.D. 1934) |
University of Alabama (B.S. 1930)
|Known for||Mathematics textbooks; Jacobson–Bourbaki theorem; Jacobson's conjecture; Jacobson density theorem; Jacobson radical; Jacobson ring|
|Awards||AMS Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement (1998)|
|Institutions||U.N.C. at Chapel Hill|
Johns Hopkins University
|Doctoral advisor||Joseph Wedderburn|
|Doctoral students||Georgia Benkart|
Charles W. Curtis
Nathan Jacobson (October 5, 1910 – December 5, 1999) was an American mathematician.
Born Nachman Arbiser in Warsaw, Jacobson emigrated to America with his family in 1918. He graduated from the University of Alabama in 1930 and was awarded a doctorate in mathematics from Princeton University in 1934. While working on his thesis, Non-commutative polynomials and cyclic algebras, he was advised by Joseph Wedderburn.
Jacobson taught and researched at Bryn Mawr College (1935–1936), the University of Chicago (1936–1937), the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1937–1943), and Johns Hopkins University (1943–1947) before joining Yale University in 1947. He remained at Yale until his retirement.
He was a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He served as president of the American Mathematical Society from 1971 to 1973, and was awarded their highest honour, the Leroy P. Steele prize for lifetime achievement, in 1998. He was also vice-president of the International Mathematical Union from 1972 to 1974.