Jacob Levitzki

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Jacob Levitzki
Born (1904-08-17)17 August 1904
Sevastopol, Russian Empire (present-day Ukraine)
Died 25 February 1956 (age 51)
Jerusalem, Israel
Nationality  Israeli
Fields Mathematics
Institutions Hebrew University
Alma mater University of Göttingen
Doctoral advisor Emmy Noether
Doctoral students Shimshon Amitsur

Jacob Levitzki, also known as Yaakov Levitsky (Hebrew: יעקב לויצקי‎) (17 August 1904 - 25 February 1956) was an Israeli mathematician.


Levitzki was born in 1904 in Ukraine, then part of the Russian Empire, and emigrated to then Ottoman-ruled Palestine in 1912. After completing his studies at the Herzliya Gymnasia, he travelled to Germany and, in 1929, obtained a doctorate in mathematics from the University of Göttingen.[1] In 1931, after two years at Yale University, in New Haven, Connecticut, Levitzki returned to Palestine to join the faculty at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


Levitzki together with Shimshon Amitsur, who had been one of his students at the Hebrew University, were each awarded the Israel Prize in exact sciences in 1953, the inaugural year of the prize,[2] for their work on the laws of noncommutative rings.

Levitzki's son Alexander Levitzki, a recipient of the Israel Prize in 1990, in life sciences, established the Levitzki Prize in the name of his parents, Jacob and Charlotte, for Israeli research in the field of algebra.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Jacob Levitzki at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. ^ "Israel Prize recipients in 1953 (in Hebrew)". Israel Prize Official Site. Archived from the original on 24 January 2010.