Felix Browder

Felix E. Browder (/ˈbrdər/; born July 31, 1927) is a United States mathematician.[1]

Early life and education

Felix Browder was born in Moscow, the capital of the Soviet Union.[2] He was a child prodigy who entered MIT at age 17 in 1944 and graduated in 1946 with his first degree in mathematics. At MIT he achieved the rank of a Putnam Fellow in the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition. In 1948 (at age 20), he received his doctorate from Princeton University. He is known for his research in nonlinear functional analysis, including the theory of semigroups, monotone operators, and fixed points of Cesàro sums of non-expansive operators. He is a professor of mathematics at Rutgers University.

Browder was the recipient of the 1999 National Medal of Science.[3] He also served as president of the American Mathematical Society from 1999 to 2000.


Felix Browder is the father of Bill Browder, CEO of Hermitage Capital Management, and Tom Browder, a physicist specializing in the experimental study of subatomic particles at the University of Hawaii. He is the grandfather of British entrepreneur Joshua Browder. Felix is the brother of two other research mathematicians, William Browder (an algebraic topologist) and Andrew Browder (a specialist in function algebras). Their father, Earl Browder, was the leader of the Communist Party USA until his expulsion after World War II.


  1. O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F., "Felix Browder", MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, University of St Andrews.
  2. Browder Felix biography - MacTutor History of Mathematics
  3. National Science Foundation — The President's National Medal of Science

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