Richard M. Pollack

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Richard M. Pollack
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Born(1935-01-25)January 25, 1935
DiedSeptember 18, 2018(2018-09-18) (aged 83)
Alma materBrooklyn College
New York University
Known forWeaving patterns of lines
Geometric transversal theory
Roadmaps of semi-algebraic sets
Algorithms in real algebraic geometry
Discrete & Computational Geometry (journal)
Scientific career
InstitutionsCourant Institute of Mathematical Sciences, New York
Doctoral advisorHarold N. Shapiro[1]

Richard M. Pollack (January 25, 1935 – September 18, 2018)[2][3] was an American geometer who spent most of his career at the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at New York University, where he was Professor Emeritus till his death. In 1986 he and Jacob E. Goodman were the founding co-editors-in-chief of the journal Discrete & Computational Geometry (Springer-Verlag).[4]


In combinatorics he is known principally for his work with Paul Erdős and János Pach.[5][6][7][8] In discrete geometry he is known for a number of basic concepts and results,[vague][9][10][11][12][13] jointly with his long term collaborator, Jacob E. Goodman;[14] of the City College, City University of New York, and some with others.[15][16][17][18][19][20] His work with Goodman includes such results as the first nontrivial bounds on the number of order types and polytopes,[9] and a generalization of the Hadwiger transversal theorem to higher dimensions.[10] In real algebraic geometry he is known principally for a series of papers authored jointly with Saugata Basu and Marie-Françoise Roy[15][16][17][18] and for their book.[21]

Awards and honors[edit]

In 2003, a collection of original research papers in discrete and computational geometry entitled Discrete and Computational Geometry: The Goodman–Pollack Festschrift[22] was published as a tribute to Jacob E. Goodman and Richard Pollack on the occasion of their 2/3 × 100 birthdays.

In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[23]


  1. ^ Richard M. Pollack at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. ^ "Richard M. Pollack".
  3. ^ "Ricky Pollack", sent by Joseph S. B. Mitchell on behalf of the Computational Geometry steering committee to the compgeom-announce mailing list, September 19, 2018
  4. ^ "Discrete & Computational Geometry – incl. Option to publish open access".
  5. ^ Erdős, Paul; Pach, János; Pollack, Richard; Tuza, Zsolt (1989), "Radius, diameter, and minimum degree", J. Combin. Theory Ser. B, 47: 73–79, doi:10.1016/0095-8956(89)90066-x
  6. ^ de Fraysseix, Hubert; Pach, János; Pollack, Richard (1990), "How to draw a planar graph on a grid", Combinatorica, 10: 41–51, doi:10.1007/BF02122694
  7. ^ Pach, János; Pollack, Richard; Welzl, Emo (1993), "Weaving patterns of lines and line segments in space", Algorithmica, 9 (6): 561–571, doi:10.1007/bf01190155
  8. ^ Agarwal K., Pankaj; Aronov, Boris; Pach, János; Pollack, Richard; Sharir, Micha (1997), "Quasi-planar graphs have a linear number of edges", Combinatorica, 17: 1–9, CiteSeerX, doi:10.1007/bf01196127
  9. ^ a b Goodman, Jacob E.; Pollack, Richard (1986), "There are asymptotically far fewer polytopes than we thought", Bull. Amer. Math. Soc., 46: 127–129, doi:10.1090/s0273-0979-1986-15415-7
  10. ^ a b Goodman, Jacob E.; Pollack, Richard (1988), "Hadwiger's transversal theorem in higher dimensions", J. Amer. Math. Soc. (1): 301–309
  11. ^ Goodman, Jacob E.; Pollack, Richard (1983), "Multidimensional sorting", SIAM J. Comput., 12 (3): 484–507, doi:10.1137/0212032
  12. ^ Goodman, Jacob E.; Pollack, Richard (1984), "Semispaces of configurations, cell complexes of arrangements", Journal of Combinatorial Theory, Series A, 37 (3): 257–293, doi:10.1016/0097-3165(84)90050-5
  13. ^ Goodman, Jacob E.; Pollack, Richard (1995), "Foundations of a theory of convexity on affine Grassmann manifolds", Mathematika, 42 (2): 305–328, CiteSeerX, doi:10.1112/s0025579300014613
  14. ^ "Department of Mathematics, CCNY --- People".
  15. ^ a b Basu, Saugata; Pollack, Richard; Roy, Marie-Françoise (1996), "On the number of cells defined by a family of polynomials on a variety", Mathematika, 43: 120–126, doi:10.1112/s0025579300011621
  16. ^ a b Basu, Saugata; Pollack, Richard; Roy, Marie-Françoise (1996), "On the combinatorial and algebraic complexity of quantifier elimination", J. ACM, 43 (6): 1002–1045, CiteSeerX, doi:10.1145/235809.235813
  17. ^ a b Basu, Saugata; Pollack, Richard; Roy, Marie-Françoise (2000), "Computing roadmaps of semi-algebraic sets on a variety", J. Amer. Math. Soc., 13: 55–82
  18. ^ a b Basu, Saugata; Pollack, Richard; Roy, Marie-Françoise (2009), "An asymptotically tight bound on the number of semi-algebraically connected components of realizable sign conditions", Combinatorica, 29 (5): 523–546, arXiv:math/0603256, doi:10.1007/s00493-009-2357-x
  19. ^ Goodman, Jacob E.; Pollack, Richard; Sturmfels, Bernd (1990), "The intrinsic spread of a configuration in R^d", J. Amer. Math. Soc., 3 (3): 639–651, doi:10.1090/s0894-0347-1990-1046181-2
  20. ^ Cappell, Sylvain; Goodman, Jacob E.; Pach, János; Pollack, Richard; Sharir, Micha; Wenger, Rephael (1994), "Common tangents and common transversals", Advances in Mathematics, 106 (2): 198–215, doi:10.1006/aima.1994.1056
  21. ^ Basu, Saugata; Pollack, Richard; Roy, Marie-Françoise (2003), Algorithms in Real Algebraic Geometry, Algorithms and Computation in Mathematics, 10, Springer-Verlag
  22. ^ Discrete and Computational Geometry: The Goodman-Pollack Festschrift. Algorithms and Combinatorics. Springer. 2003. ISBN 9783540003717.
  23. ^ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2013-05-26.
  • Pollack, Richard (1962), Some Tauberian theorems in elementary prime number theory (Ph.D. Thesis), New York University.
  • Goodman, Jacob E.; Pach, János; Pollack, Richard, eds. (2008), Surveys on Discrete and Computational Geometry: Twenty Years Later, Contemporary Mathematics, 453, Amer. Math. Soc..