George Piranian (pictured in center) at Oberwolfach (1961)
May 2, 1914|
|Died||August 31, 2009(aged 95)|
|Institutions||University of Michigan|
|Alma mater||Rice University|
|Doctoral advisor||Szolem Mandelbrojt|
|Doctoral students||George Brauer
George Piranian (May 2, 1914 – August 31, 2009), born in Thalwil outside Zürich, Switzerland, was a Swiss-American mathematician of Swiss and Armenian descent. Piranian was internationally known for his research in complex analysis, his association with Paul Erdős, and his editing of the Michigan Mathematical Journal.
His family moved to Logan, Utah (1929) where Piranian received a B.Sc. in agriculture and M.Sc. in botany (1937) at Utah State University. As a Rhodes scholar, Piranian first "tasted blood" in mathematics at Oxford.
After returning to the United States, Piranian earned his Ph.D. in mathematics under Szolem Mandelbrojt at Rice University (1943). Piranian's dissertation was entitled A Study of the Position and Nature of the Singularities of Functions Given by Their Taylor Series.
Piranian joined the faculty at University of Michigan in 1945.
Editing the Michigan Mathematical Journal
Piranian's teaching captivated several future research mathematicians. Piranian also was an advisor with the Honors Program at the College of Literature, Science and the Arts at the University of Michigan.
Teaching of Theodore Kaczynski
- George Piranian at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
- Walter Rudin. In the Piranian festschrift, of the Michigan Mathematical Journal.
- Steven Krantz. "Acknowlegment" in A Handbook of Mathematical Writing.
- Page xi in Sarason: Sarason, Donald (2007). Complex function theory (2 ed.). American Mathematical Society. ISBN 0-8218-4428-8.
- Sarason, Donald (1994). Complex function theory (first ed.). Henry E. Helson.
- Profs.: suspect was quiet, analytical