Oscar Goldman (mathematician)

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Oscar Goldman (1925 – 17 December 1986, Bryn Mawr) was an American mathematician, who worked on algebra and its applications to number theory.[1]

Oscar Goldman received his PhD in 1948 under Claude Chevalley at Princeton University. He was chair of the Brandeis mathematics department from 1952[2] to 1960. As chair of the department his immediate successor was Maurice Auslander. In 1962, Goldman left Brandeis to become a professor and chair of the mathematics department at the University of Pennsylvania. Murray Gerstenhaber and Chung Tao Yang had persuaded Provost David R. Goddard to hire Goldman to help improve the quality of the U. of Pennsylvania's mathematics department to the level of the mathematics departments of Chicago, Harvard, and Princeton. From 1963 to 1967, Goldman served as the chair of the mathematics department of the U. of Pennsylvania, hired several outstanding mathematicians including Richard Kadison and Eugenio Calabi, and regularly consulted Saunders Mac Lane and Donald C. Spencer in making his decisions on hiring and curriculum improvements.[3]


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  1. ^ Oscar Goldman (1925–1986)
  2. ^ In response to an inquiry as to who was the chair of the Brandeis mathematics department in 1951, Richard Palais replied (19 Sept. 2012) by email: "I didn't become a member of the department myself until 1960, which was just a year or two after the graduate program was getting organized. Remember, Brandeis was only founded in 1948, and it takes a few years to get things organized, and I was under the impression that Oscar was the first chair, and that before 1952 there was no math department as such, just a few teachers of math. The sentence at the bottom of page 101 of Sachar's "A Host at Last" lists a group of seven original "nucleus" members of the department, and I am reasonably sure that none of them preceded Oscar as chair."
  3. ^ brief_history – Department of Mathematics – University of Pennsylvania

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