Anneli Cahn Lax

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Anneli Cahn Lax (23 February 1922, Katowice – 24 September 1999, New York City) was an American mathematician, who was married to the mathematician Peter Lax.


Anneli Cahn attended school in Berlin, but, as a Jew, she and her family fled the Nazi regime in 1935 and settled in New York City. In 1942 she earned a bachelor's degree in mathematics at Adelphi University in Long Island and in 1955 a PhD from New York University with the dissertation Cauchy's Problem for a Partial Differential Equation with Real Multiple Characteristics with thesis advisor Richard Courant.[1][2]

In 1948 Anneli Cahn married her second husband, the mathematician Peter Lax. She became a mathematics professor at NYU and was the editor of the Mathematics Association of America's New Mathematical Library Series. In 1977 she won the George Pólya Award. In 1998 she was diagnosed with cancer and died from the disease in 1999.[3][4]


  1. ^ Anneli Cahn Lax at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. ^ Saul, Mark (August 2000). "Anneli Cahn Lax (1922–1999)" (PDF). Notices of the AMS. 47 (7): 766–769. Retrieved July 13, 2012. 
  3. ^ Anneli Cahn Lax at MacTutor History of Mathematics archive
  4. ^ Pace, Eric (September 29, 1999). "Obituary: Anneli Lax, 77, a Leader in the Publishing of Mathematics". The New York Times. Retrieved July 13, 2012.