Martin Isaacs

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Martin Isaacs

I. Martin "Marty" Isaacs is a group theorist and representation theorist and professor emeritus of mathematics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.[1][2][3][4] He currently lives in Berkeley, California and is an occasional participant on MathOverflow.[4]

Academic biography[edit]

Isaacs completed his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 1964 under Richard Brauer.[5][6] From at least 1979 until 2011, he was a professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. In May 2011, he retired and became a professor emeritus.[1][2][3][4] The Mathematics Genealogy Project lists him as having had 28 doctoral students.[6]


Isaacs is most famous for coming up with the Isaacs-Navarro conjecture along with Gabriel Navarro, a widely cited generalization of the McKay conjecture.[7][8]


Isaacs is famous as the author of Character Theory of Finite Groups (first published in 1976), one of the most well-known graduate student-level introductory books in character theory and representation theory of finite groups.[9][10][11]

Isaacs is also the author of the book Algebra: A Graduate Course (first published in 1994; republished in 2009), which received highly positive reviews.[12] Additionally, he is the author of Finite Group Theory (published in 2008).[13][14]


Isaacs is a professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin–Madison.[1] He retired in 2011.[3]

In 2009, a conference was held at the Universitat de Valencia in Spain to honor his contributions.[15]

Isaacs is also one of the Fellows of the American Mathematical Society.[16]

Isaacs was a Pólya lecturer for the Math Association of America. He received the Benjamin Smith Reynolds award for teaching engineering students at the University of Wisconsin and a UW Madison campus teaching award. He was also the recipient of a Sloan Foundation research award.


  1. ^ a b c "Emeritus Faculty and Staff Directory". Department of Mathematics, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Retrieved May 25, 2014.
  2. ^ a b "I. Martin Isaacs". University of Wisconsin Madison (Experts Guide). Archived from the original on May 25, 2014. Retrieved May 25, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c "Emeritus Professor Proposals". Retrieved May 25, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c "User Marty Isaacs". MathOverflow. Retrieved May 25, 2014.
  5. ^ "Algebra Page". Department of Mathematics, University of Wisconsin-Madison. Retrieved May 25, 2014.
  6. ^ a b "I. Martin (Irving) Isaacs". Mathematics Genealogy Project. Retrieved April 11, 2016.
  7. ^ Isaacs, I. Martin; Navarro, Gabriel (2002). "New refinements of the McKay conjecture for finite groups". Annals of Mathematics. 156: 333–344. arXiv:math/0411171. doi:10.2307/3597192.
  8. ^ "Isaacs-Navarro conjecture". Groupprops, The Group Properties Wiki. Retrieved May 25, 2014.
  9. ^ Isaacs, I. Martin. Character Theory of Finite Groups (Dover Books on Mathematics). ISBN 978-0486680149. Retrieved May 25, 2014.
  10. ^ Curtis, Charles W. (1977). "Character theory of finite groups (book review)". Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society. 83 (5): 1005–1007. doi:10.1090/s0002-9904-1977-14355-3.
  11. ^ "Google Search results for Isaacs' character theory book on Math StackExchange". Retrieved May 25, 2014.
  12. ^ "Algebra: A Graduate Course". American Mathematical Society. Retrieved 2018-03-06.
  13. ^ Isaacs, I. Martin. "Additional Material for the Book (Finite Group Theory)". American Mathematical Society. Retrieved May 25, 2014.
  14. ^ Isaacs, I. Martin (January 1, 2008). Finite Group Theory. American Mathematical Society. ISBN 978-0-8218-4344-4.
  15. ^ "Isaacs Conference: Conference on Character Theory of Finite Groups". June 3–5, 2009. Retrieved May 25, 2014.
  16. ^ "List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society". American Mathematical Society. Retrieved May 25, 2014.