Isador M. Sheffer

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Isador M. Sheffer
Born (1901-10-15)October 15, 1901
Died April 20, 1992(1992-04-20) (aged 90)
Nationality American
Known for Sheffer sequence
Scientific career
Fields mathematics
Doctoral advisor G. D. Birkhoff

Isador Mitchell Sheffer (October 15, 1901–April 20, 1992) was an American mathematician best known for the Sheffer sequence of polynomials.[1] Born in Massachusetts, he lived a large portion of his life in State College, Pennsylvania, where he was a Professor of Mathematics at Pennsylvania State University.

He received his PhD from Harvard University in 1927, under the direction of George Birkhoff.[2]


  1. ^ Boas, R. P., Jr.; Buck, R. C. (1956), "Polynomials defined by generating relations", The American Mathematical Monthly, 63: 626–632, MR 0080777, doi:10.2307/2310587 .
  2. ^ Isador M. Sheffer at the Mathematics Genealogy Project