Richard Earl Block
Block earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1956. He was the first to discover the central extension of the Witt algebra that gives the Virasoro algebra, though his discovery went unnoticed for many years. With R. L. Wilson he classified the simple Lie algebras over "well behaved" fields of finite characteristic.
- R.E. Block, On the Mills–Seligman axioms for Lie algebras of classical type Trans. Amer. Math. Soc., 121 (1966) pp. 378–392 (The paper that gives the central extension defining the Virasoro algebra).
- Richard E. Block and Robert Lee Wilson The Restricted Simple Lie Algebras are of Classical or Cartan Type PNAS August 15, 1984 vol. 81 no. 16 5271-5274
- Richard Earl Block at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
- List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2012-11-10.
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