William Browder  

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Browder in 1970


Born  "New York City 
January 6, 1934
Nationality  "United States 
Alma mater  Princeton University "Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
Known for  "Surgery theory method for classifying "highdimensional "manifolds. 
Scientific career  
Fields  "Mathematics 
Institutions  "Princeton University 
"Doctoral advisor  "John Coleman Moore 
Doctoral students 
William Browder (born January 6, 1934)^{[1]}^{[2]} is an "American "mathematician, specializing in "algebraic topology, "differential topology and "differential geometry. Browder was one of the pioneers with "Sergei Novikov, "Dennis Sullivan and "C. T. C. Wall of the "surgery theory method for classifying "highdimensional "manifolds.
William Browder was born in "New York City in 1934, the son of Raisa (née Berkmann), a "Jewish "Russian woman from "Saint Petersburg, and "American Communist Party leader "Earl Browder, from "Wichita, Kansas. His father had moved to the "Soviet Union in 1927, where he met and married Raisa. Their sons "Felix Browder and "Andrew Browder (born 1931) were both born there.^{[3]} He attended local schools. He graduated from the "Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a "B.S. degree in 1954 and received his "Ph.D. from "Princeton University in 1958, with a "dissertation entitled "Homology of "Loop Spaces, advised by "John Coleman Moore.^{[2]}^{[4]}
Since 1964 Browder has been a professor at "Princeton University; he was chair of the mathematics department at Princeton from 1971 to 1973. He was editor of the journal "Annals of Mathematics from 1969 to 1981, and president of the "American Mathematical Society from 1989 to 1991.^{[2]}
Browder was elected to the "United States National Academy of Sciences in 1980, the "American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1984, and the "Finnish Academy of Science and Letters in 1990.^{[2]} In 1994 a conference was held at Princeton in celebration of his 60th birthday.^{[1]} In 2012 a conference was held at Princeton on the occasion of his retirement.^{[5]}