Morton Brown

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This article is about the mathematician. For the athlete, see Morton Browne.

Morton Brown (born 12 August 1931, New York) is an American mathematician, who specializes in geometric topology.

In 1958 Brown earned his PhD from the University of Wisconsin at Madison under R. H. Bing. From 1960 to 1962 he was at the Institute for Advanced Study. Afterwards he became a professor at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.

With Barry Mazur in 1965 he won the Oswald Veblen prize[1] for their independent and nearly simultaneous proofs of the generalized Schoenflies hypothesis[2] in geometric topology. Brown's short proof was elementary and fully general. Mazur's proof used advanced means (Morse Theory) and was not completely general—it used a special assumption which was removed only in the later versions.

In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[3]


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  2. ^ Brown, Morton (1960). Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 66. pp. 74–76.  MR 0117695
  3. ^ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2012-11-10.

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