Dorothy Maharam

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Dorothy Maharam Stone (July 1, 1917[1] – September 27, 2014 [2]) was an American mathematician born in Parkersburg, West Virginia, who made important contributions to measure theory. Her husband was British mathematician Arthur Harold Stone.

She earned her B.S. degree at Carnegie Institute of Technology in 1937 and her Ph.D. in 1940 under Anna Johnson Pell Wheeler from Bryn Mawr College with a dissertation entitled On measure in abstract sets.[3] Part of her thesis was published in the Transactions of the AMS. Then she went on to a postdoc at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, where she first met Arthur Harold Stone. They married in April 1942.

She pioneered the research of finitely additive measures on integers.

They both lectured at various universities in the USA and Great Britain. Their two children, David and Ellen, both became mathematicians as well.

She retired in 2001. Her husband, Arthur Stone, died August 6, 2000, and her son, David Stone, died August 27, 2014.

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  1. ^ Gale, Thomson (2003). American Men & Women of Science: Q-S. p. 1022. ISBN 0787665290. 
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  3. ^ Dorothy Maharam at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  • Oxtoby, John C. "Measure and Measurable Dynamics, Proceedings of a Conrefence in Honor of Dorothy Maharam Stone held September 17–19, 1987". AMS.  |chapter= ignored (help)