Marvin Knopp

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Marvin Isadore Knopp
Born (1933-01-04)January 4, 1933
Chicago, Illinois[1]
Died December 24, 2011(2011-12-24) (aged 78)
Boca Raton, Florida
Alma mater University of Illinois
Scientific career
Fields Mathematics
Institutions University of Wisconsin
Temple University
Doctoral advisor Paul T. Bateman
Doctoral students YoungJu Choie

Marvin Isadore Knopp (January 4, 1933 – December 24, 2011) was an American mathematician who worked primarily in number theory. He made notable contributions to the theory of modular forms.

Life and education[edit]

Knopp was born on 1933 in Chicago, Illinois. He received his PhD under Paul T. Bateman from the University of Illinois in 1958 where he became friends with fellow student Gene Golub.[2] Over the course of his career, he advised twenty Ph.D. students.[3] He is the father of pianist Seth Knopp, and of Yehudah, Abby, and Elana.[4] Marvin was married to Dr. Josephine Zadovsky Knopp for 25 years but the marriage ended in divorce. Knopp died on December 24, 2011 during a vacation in Florida. Marvin found happiness from his children, old movies, great music and numbers. The last 30 years of Knopp's life was shared with Phyllis Zemble. During the 6 years following his death, Zemble organized his papers and books (with the help of Wladimer Pribitkin), his photographs and his mathematical correspondence, which she donated to the American Institute of Mathematics (AIM). On AIM's website, you can find 131 of Knopp's reprints.


After receiving his PhD in 1958, Knopp taught at the University of Wisconsin and then, for a few years, at the University of Illinois Chicago before moving, in 1976, to Temple University where he stayed until his sudden death in 2011.[5] He was closely associated with Emil Grosswald.[6] In Jean Dieudonne's influential book A Panorama of Pure Mathematics (Academic Press, 1982), he is mentioned (p. 95) as one of those who "made substantial contributions" to the theory of modular forms.

Selected publications[edit]

  • Knopp, Marvin (1970). Modular Functions in Analytic Number Theory. : Rand McNally. ISBN 0-528-60000-1. 

Further reading[edit]

  • American Mathematical Society. Marvin Knopp ..., ed. (1993). Knopp, Marvin; Sheingorn, Mark, eds. A Tribute to Emil Grosswald. Providence: American Mathematical Society. ISBN 978-0-8218-5155-5. Retrieved 2009-02-06.  A set of papers in honor of Grosswald; includes reminiscences, list of PhD students, and a list of papers and books.


  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-11-05. Retrieved 2011-12-30. , Video of Knopp's Talk at Gene Golub Memorial (Talk #3), retrieved 2011-12-29.
  3. ^ [2], Knopp's Math Genealogy Entry, retrieved 2011-12-29.
  4. ^ [3], Marvin Knopp Tribute Blog, retrieved 2012-01-09.
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-26. Retrieved 2011-12-30. , Temple University Geometry Blog, retrieved 2011-12-29.
  6. ^ [4], University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Mathematics Newsletter Spring 1991, retrieved 2011-12-29.

External links[edit]

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