October 2, 1926|
|Died||May 31, 1998
|Institutions||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
|Alma mater||University of Tokyo|
|Doctoral advisor||Shokichi Iyanaga|
|Doctoral students||Steven Bauman
|Known for||Suzuki groups|
He was a Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from 1953 to his death. He also had visiting positions at the University of Chicago (1960–61), the Institute for Advanced Study (1962–63, 1968–69, spring 1981), the University of Tokyo (spring 1971), and the University of Padua (1994). Suzuki received his Ph.D in 1952 from the University of Tokyo, despite having moved to the United States the previous year. He was the first to attack the Burnside conjecture, that every finite non-abelian simple group has even order.
A notable achievement was his discovery in 1960 of the Suzuki groups, an infinite family of the only non-abelian simple groups whose order is not divisible by 3. The smallest, of order 29120, was the first simple group of order less than 1 million to be discovered since Dickson's list of 1900.
He wrote several textbooks in Japanese.
- R. Brauer; M. Suzuki, On finite groups of even order whose 2-Sylow group is a quaternion group, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, Mathematics, v. 45 (1959), pp. 1757-1759.online article. PMC 222795.
- M. Suzuki, A new type of simple groups of finite order, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, Mathematics, v. 46 (1960), pp. 868–870.online article. PMC 222949.
- M. Suzuki, Investigations on finite groups, Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA, Mathematics, v. 46 (1960), pp. 1611-1614.online article. PMC 223091.
- Suzuki, Michio (1969), "A simple group of order 448,345,497,600", in Brauer, R.; Sah, Chih-han, Theory of Finite Groups (Symposium, Harvard Univ., Cambridge, Mass., 1968), Benjamin, New York, pp. 113–119, MR 0241527
- Suzuki, Michio (1982) , Group theory. I, Grundlehren der Mathematischen Wissenschaften [Fundamental Principles of Mathematical Sciences] 247, Berlin, New York: Springer-Verlag, ISBN 978-3-540-10915-0, MR 648772
- Suzuki, Michio (1986) , Group theory. II, Grundlehren der Mathematischen Wissenschaften [Fundamental Principles of Mathematical Sciences] 248, Berlin, New York: Springer-Verlag, ISBN 978-0-387-10916-9, MR 0501682
-  M. Aschbacher, H. Bender, W. Feit, R. Solomon, Michio Suzuki (1926–1998), Notices Amer. Math. Soc. 46 (1999), no. 5, 543–551.
- O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F., "Michio Suzuki", MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, University of St Andrews.
- Michio Suzuki at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
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