Sanford L. Segal

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Sanford L. Segal
Born (1937-10-11)October 11, 1937
Died May 7, 2010(2010-05-07) (aged 72)
Nationality United States
Fields Mathematics
Alma mater University of Colorado, Wesleyan University
Thesis The Error Term in the Formula for the Average Value of the Euler's φ Function (1963)
Doctoral advisor Sarvadaman Chowla
Notable students Georges G. Grinstein, Melvyn B. Nathanson
Known for Analytic number theory, Complex analysis

Sanford Leonard Segal ((1937-10-11)October 11, 1937 – May 7, 2010(2010-05-07)) was a mathematician and historian of science and mathematics at the University of Rochester. Mathematically he specialized in analytic number theory, and complex analysis. He wrote the textbook Nine Introductions in Complex Analysis (1981), and the tome Mathematicians Under the Nazis (2003), a historical recount from that period. He also taught courses in women's studies, and nuclear arms.

Life[edit]

In 1958, he received his B.A. degree from Wesleyan University with Honors in Mathematics and High Honors in Classical Civilization studies.[1]

In 1959 he spent a year as a Fulbright student in Mainz, Germany.

In 1963, he earned his Ph.D. in Mathematics at University of Colorado under the supervision of Sarvadaman D. S. Chowla with the dissertation entitled The Error Term in the Formula for the Average Value of the Euler Phi Function.[2][3]

Career[edit]

After his Ph.D., he worked at the University of Rochester for 44 years until his retirement in 2008. In 1965 he received a grant from the Fulbright Program as a research fellow in Vienna, Austria. And in 1977, he received a grant from the National Institute for Pure and Applied Mathematics to teach in Rio de Janeiro.[1][4]

In 1981 he published Nine Introductions in Complex Analysis. He later received a grant from The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to research history of science in Nazi Germany. Princeton University Press later published the book Mathematicians Under the Nazis in 2003.[1]

He translated from French the book History of Mathematics: Highways and Byways in 2009. In addition, Segal published more than 45 papers on mathematics, mathematics education, and the history of science.

He was a member of the Religious Society of Friends. He was also a member of Sigma Xi and of Phi Beta Kappa.

He married Rima Maxwell and had three children, Adam, Joshua, and Zoë.

He died on May 7, 2010.[5]

Academic publications[edit]

  • Sanford L. Segal (1962). "On π(x + y) ≦ π(x) + π(y)". Transactions of the American Mathematical Society. 104 (3): 523. doi:10.2307/1993801. 
  • Sanford L. Segal (1962). "On π(x + y) ≦ π(x) + π(y)". Transactions of the American Mathematical Society. 104 (3): 523–523. doi:10.1090/S0002-9947-1962-0139586-4. 
  • S. L. Segal (1964). "A Note on Normal Order and the Euler fe Function". Journal of the London Mathematical Society. s1-39 (1): 400–404. doi:10.1112/jlms/s1-39.1.400. 
  • Sanford L. Segal (1965). "A note on the average order of number-theoretic error terms". Duke Mathematical Journal. 32 (1965): 279–284. doi:10.1215/S0012-7094-65-03227-8. 
  • S. L. Segal (1965). "On Non-Decreasing Normal Orders". Journal of the London Mathematical Society. s1-40 (1): 459–466. doi:10.1112/jlms/s1-40.1.459. 
  • Sanford L. Segal (1965). "Errata: "A note on the average order of number-theoretic error terms,"vol. 32 (1965) pp. 279–284". Duke Mathematical Journal. 32 (1965): 765–765. doi:10.1215/S0012-7094-65-03280-1. 

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Sanford Segal retires". University of Rochester. 
  2. ^ Allyn Jackson (2010). "Notices of the AMS". 59 (9). American Mathematical Society: 1278.  |chapter= ignored (help)
  3. ^ Sanford L. Segal at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  4. ^ Blank, Alan (24 May 2010). "Mathematics Professor Emeritus Sanford Segal Dies". University of Rochester. Retrieved 20 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Notices of the AMS" (PDF). Journal of the American Mathematical Society. 57 (7). 2010. Retrieved 28 November 2012.