Peter J. Freyd (born February 5, 1936, in Evanston, Illinois) is an American [1 ] mathematician, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania, known for work in category theory and for founding the False Memory Syndrome Foundation.
Mathematical work [ edit ]
Freyd is perhaps best known as the author of the foundational book
Abelian Categories: An Introduction to the Theory of Functors. This work culminates in a proof of Mitchell's embedding theorem.
In 2012 he became a fellow of the
American Mathematical Society. [2 ]
False Memory Syndrome Foundation [ edit ]
Freyd and his wife Pamela founded the
False Memory Syndrome Foundation in 1992, after Freyd was accused of sexual abuse by his daughter [3 ] Jennifer. [3 ] Freyd denies the accusations. [4 ] [5 ]
Publications [ edit ]
Peter J. Freyd,
Abelian Categories, an Introduction to the Theory of Functors. Harper & Row (1964). Available online. [6 ] Peter J. Freyd and Andre Scedrov:
Categories, Allegories. North-Holland (1999). ISBN 0-444-70368-3. Peter J. Freyd: Path Integrals, Bayesian Vision, and Is Gaussian Quadrature Really Good? Electr. Notes Theor. Comput. Sci. 29: (1999)
Peter J. Freyd, Peter W. O'Hearn, A. John Power, Makoto Takeyama, R. Street, Robert D. Tennent: Bireflectivity. Theor. Comput. Sci. 228(1–2): 49–76 (1999)
^ American Men and Women of Science, Thompson Gale, 2005
^ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2012-12-29.
^ a b Diana E. H. Russell. The Secret Trauma: Incest in the Lives of Girls and Women. Basic Books, 1987. xx–xxi.
^ Freyd, J. (1996) Betrayal Trauma: The Logic of Forgetting Child Abuse. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press. The history of the confrontations between the Freyds and their daughter Jennifer is recounted in the Afterword, pages 197–199.
^ "One family's tragedy spawns national group", The Baltimore Sun, September 12, 1994. Available on the web at Skeptic Files
^ Linton, F. E. J. (1965). "Review of Abelian categories: an introduction to the theory of functors by Peter Freyd" (PDF). Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 71 (4): 577–580.
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