Robert Steinberg

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Robert Steinberg (May 25, 1922 – May 25, 2014) was a mathematician at the University of California, Los Angeles who introduced the Steinberg representation, the Lang–Steinberg theorem, the Steinberg group in algebraic K-theory, Steinberg's formula in representation theory, and the Steinberg groups in Lie theory that yield finite simple groups over finite fields. He received his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Toronto in 1948.

Steinberg was born in Soroki, Bessarabia, Romania (present-day Soroca, Moldavia).

I have had a good life.

– Robert Steinberg

He was an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in 1966, won the Steele Prize in 1985, was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1985, and won the Jeffery–Williams Prize in 1990. He retired from UCLA in 1992. In 2003 the Journal of Algebra published a special issue to celebrate Robert Steinberg's 80th birthday. He died on May 25, 2014, his 92nd birthday.[1]

Selected publications[edit]

  • "A geometric approach to the representations of the full linear group over a Galois field". Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 71: 247–282. 1951. MR 0043784. 
  • "Finite reflection groups". Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 91: 493–504. 1959. MR 0106428. 
  • "A general Clebsch–Gordan theorem". Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 67 (4): 406–407. 1961. MR 0126508. 
  • "Complete sets of representations of algebras". Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 13: 746–747. 1962. MR 0141710. 
  • "A closure property of sets of vectors". Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 105: 118–125. 1962. MR 0165040. 
  • Steinberg, Robert (1962). "Générateurs, relations et revêtements de groupes algébriques". Colloq. Théorie des Groupes Algébriques (in French) (Bruxelles: Gauthier-Villars): 113–127. MR MR0153677. Zbl 0272.20036. 
  • "Differential equations invariant under finite reflections". Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 112: 392–400. 1964. MR 0167535. 
  • Steinberg, Robert (1968), Lectures on Chevalley groups, Yale University, New Haven, Conn., MR 0466335 
  • Steinberg, Robert (1974), Conjugacy classes in algebraic groups., Lecture Notes in Mathematics 366, Berlin-New York: Springer-Verlag, doi:10.1007/BFb0067854, ISBN 978-3-540-06657-6, MR 0352279 [2]
  • "An occurrence of the Robinson-Schensted correspondence". Journal of Algebra 113 (2): 523–528. 1988. doi:10.1016/0021-8693(88)90177-9. 
  • R. Steinberg, Collected Papers, Amer. Math. Soc. (1997), ISBN 0-8218-0576-2.


  1. ^ "In Memoriam: Robert Steinberg". UCLA Department of Mathematics. Retrieved 2014-05-29. 
  2. ^ Magid, Andy R. (1975). "Review: Conjugacy classes in algebraic groups, by Robert Steinberg". Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 81 (2): 397–400. 

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