Isadore Singer

Not to be confused with Isidore Singer, the editor of the Jewish Encyclopedia.
Isadore Singer

Isadore Singer, 1977
Born (1924-05-03) May 3, 1924
Detroit, Michigan, USA
Nationality American
Fields Mathematics
Institutions MIT
Alma mater University of Michigan
University of Chicago
Doctoral advisor Irving Segal
Doctoral students Richard L. Bishop
Dan Freed
John Lott
Linda Rothschild
Frank W. Warner
Known for Atiyah–Singer index theorem
Notable awards Bôcher Memorial Prize (1969)
National Medal of Science (1983)
Wigner Medal (1988)
Steele Prize (2000)
Abel Prize (2004)

Isadore Manuel Singer (born May 3, 1924) is an Institute Professor in the Department of Mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is noted for his work with Michael Atiyah proving the Atiyah–Singer index theorem in 1962, which paved the way for new interactions between pure mathematics and theoretical physics.[1]


Singer was born in Detroit, Michigan, and received his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan in 1944.[2] After obtaining his M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1948 and 1950 respectively, he taught at UCLA and MIT, where he has spent the majority of his career.[3]

He was chair of the Committee of Science & Public Policy of the United States National Academy of Sciences, a member of the White House Science Council (1982–88), and on the Governing Board of the United States National Research Council (1995–99).[3]

Awards and honors

Singer is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.[4] In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[5]

Among the awards he has received are the Bôcher Memorial Prize (1969) and the Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement (2000), both from the American Mathematical Society, the Eugene Wigner Medal (1988), the National Medal of Science (1983), the Abel Prize (2004, shared with Michael Atiyah),[6] the 2004 Gauss Lecture and the James Rhyne Killian Faculty Achievement Award from MIT (2005).[7]


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