Sumner Byron Myers

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Sumner Byron Myers
Born (1910-02-19)February 19, 1910
Died October 8, 1955(1955-10-08) (aged 45)
Nationality American
Fields Mathematics
Institutions University of Michigan
Alma mater Harvard University
Doctoral advisor H. C. Marston Morse
Doctoral students Meyer Jerison
Ralph Raimi
Leonard J. Savage
Known for Myers theorem

Sumner Byron Myers (February 19, 1910 – October 8, 1955) was an American mathematician specialized in topology. He studied at Harvard University under H. C. Marston Morse,[1] where he was graduated with a Ph.D. in 1932.[2] Myers then pursued postdoctoral studies at Princeton University (1934–1936)[3] before becoming a professor for mathematics at the University of Michigan, where an award for outstanding students of mathematics has been named in his honor.[4] He died unexpectedly from a heart attack during a football game.[5]


  1. ^ Tucker, A: Interview with Albert Tucker, Princeton University, July 11, 1984. Last accessed January 1, 2010.
  2. ^ Mathematics Genealogy Project: Sumner Byron Myers, no date. Last accessed December 5, 2005.
  3. ^ Princeton University: Members of the School of Mathematics, no date. Last accessed December 5, 2005.
  4. ^ University of Michigan: Sumner Myers Award, no date. Last accessed December 5, 2005.
  5. ^ Fisher, G.: (E-mail message), August 7, 1999. Last accessed December 5, 2005.

Further reading[edit]

  • Bott, R.; Hildebrandt, T. H.; Ritt, R. K.; Rothe, E. H.; Samelson, H. (1958). "In memoriam Sumner B. Myers (1910–1955)". Michigan Math. J. 5 (1): 1–4. doi:10.1307/mmj/1028998004.