December 12, 1906|
St. Louis, Missouri
|Died||September 7, 1986
|Alma mater||Brown University|
|Awards||Leroy P. Steele Prize (1981)|
|Doctoral advisor||Jacob Tamarkin|
|Doctoral students||Shaul Foguel
Jacob T. Schwartz
Nelson James Dunford (December 12, 1906 – September 7, 1986) was an American mathematician, known for his work in functional analysis, namely integration of vector valued functions, ergodic theory, and linear operators. The Dunford decomposition, Dunford–Pettis property, and Dunford-Schwartz theorem bear his name.
He studied mathematics at the University of Chicago and obtained his Ph.D. in 1936 at Brown University under Jacob Tamarkin. He moved in 1939 to Yale University, where he remained until his retirement in 1960.
- Nelson Dunford, Jacob T. Schwartz, Linear Operators, Part I General Theory ISBN 0-471-60848-3, Part II Spectral Theory, Self Adjoint Operators in Hilbert Space ISBN 0-471-60847-5, Part III Spectral Operators ISBN 0-471-60846-7
- Obituary in Notices Amer. Math. Soc., Vol. 34, 1987, p. 287
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