Jerome Levine

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Jerome Paul Levine (May 4, 1937 – April 8, 2006) was a mathematician who contributed to the understanding of knot theory.

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Born in New York City, Levine received his B.S. from M.I.T. in 1958, and his Ph.D. in mathematics from Princeton University in 1962, studying under Norman Steenrod. He began his career as an instructor at M.I.T., after which he spent a year at the University of Cambridge under a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellowship. He became a professor at the University of California, Berkeley in 1964, and in 1966 he left for Brandeis University. His early work helped to develop surgery as a powerful tool in knot theory and in geometric topology.

Jerome Levine died after a long and hard fought battle with lymphatic cancer at the age of 68. He was an active mathematician at Brandeis until his death, with his last paper, Labeled binary planar trees and quasi-Lie algebras, published four months after he died.

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