Robert M. Solovay
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|Robert M. Solovay|
Robert Solovay in 1972 (photo by George Bergman)
December 15, 1938 |
Brooklyn, New York, U.S.
|Institutions||University of California, Berkeley|
|Alma mater||University of Chicago|
|Doctoral advisor||Saunders Mac Lane|
|Doctoral students||Matthew Foreman
W. Hugh Woodin
Solovay earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1964 under the direction of Saunders Mac Lane, with a dissertation on A Functorial Form of the Differentiable Riemann–Roch theorem. Solovay has spent his career at the University of California at Berkeley, where his notable Ph.D. students include W. Hugh Woodin and Matthew Foreman.
Solovay's noted accomplishments include:
- Solovay's theorem showing that, if one assumes the existence of an inaccessible cardinal, then the statement "every set of real numbers is Lebesgue measurable" is consistent with ZF without the axiom of choice;
- Isolating the notion of 0#;
- Proving that the existence of a real valued measurable cardinal is equiconsistent with the existence of a measurable cardinal;
- Proving that if is a strong limit singular cardinal, greater than a strongly compact cardinal then holds;
- Proving that if is an uncountable regular cardinal, and is a stationary set, then can be decomposed into the union of disjoint stationary sets;
- Outside of set theory, developing (with Volker Strassen) the Solovay–Strassen primality test, used to identify large natural numbers that are prime with high probability. This method has had important ramifications for cryptography.
Selected publications 
- Solovay, Robert M. (1970). "A model of set-theory in which every set of reals is Lebesgue measurable". Annals of Mathematics. Second Series 92 (1): 1–56. doi:10.2307/1970696.
- Solovay, Robert M. (1967). "A nonconstructible Δ13 set of integers". Transactions of the American Mathematical Society (American Mathematical Society) 127 (1): 50–75. doi:10.2307/1994631. JSTOR 1994631.
- Solovay, Robert M. and Volker Strassen (1977). "A fast Monte-Carlo test for primality". SIAM Journal on Computing 6 (1): 84–85. doi:10.1137/0206006.
See also 
- Robert M. Solovay at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
- List of publications from the DBLP Bibliography Server
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