Michael Makkai

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Michael Makkai (Hungarian: Makkai Mihály, 24 June 1939 in Budapest, Hungary) is Canadian mathematician of Hungarian origin, specializing in mathematical logic.[1] He works in model theory, category theory, algebraic logic, and in the theory of topoi. He graduated from the Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, then worked at the Mathematical Institute of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. He learned logic from Rózsa Péter and Andrzej Mostowski,[2] Between 1974 and 2010, he was professor of mathematics at the McGill University. He retired in 2010. He is an external member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (1995).

With Leo Harrington and Saharon Shelah he proved the Vaught conjecture for ω-stable theories.

Selected publications[edit]

  • M. Makkai, G. E. Reyes: First Order Categorical Logic, Lecture Notes in Mathematics, 611, Springer, 1977, viii+301 pp. doi:10.1007/BFb0066201[3]
  • L. Harrington, M. Makkai, S. Shelah: A proof of Vaught's conjecture for ω-stable theories, Israel J. Math., 49(1984), 259–280. doi:10.1007/BF02760651
  • Michael Makkai, Robert Paré: Accessible categories: the foundations of categorical model theory. Contemporary Mathematics, 104. American Mathematical Society, Providence, RI, 1989. viii+176 pp. ISBN 0-8218-5111-X
  • M. Makkai: Duality and Definability in First Order Logic, Memoirs of the American Mathematical Society, 503, 1993, ISSN 0065-9266. doi:10.1090/memo/0503


  1. ^ Benthem, Johan Van; Heinzmann, Gerhard; Rebuschi, Manuel; Henk Visser (2006-11-14). The age of alternative logics: assessing philosophy of logic and mathematics today. Springer. pp. 182–. ISBN 978-1-4020-5011-4. Retrieved 28 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Makkai's CV at his McGill University Homepage" (PDF). 
  3. ^ Monk, J. D. (1978). "Review: First order categorical logic by Michael Makkai and Gonzalo E. Reyes" (PDF). Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 84 (6): 1378–1380. doi:10.1090/s0002-9904-1978-14587-x. 

External links[edit]

  • Makkai's homepage at the Hungarian Academy of Sciences
  • Makkai's homepage at McGill University