Izrail M. Gelfand

Izrail M. Gelfand Winner of Wolf Prize in Mathematics - 1978
Izrail M. Gelfand


The Prize Committee in Mathematics has carefully considered all candidates and has reached a unanimous conclusion that the Wolf Prize in Mathematics this year should be jointly awarded to:

Izrael M. Gelfand
Moscow State University
Moscow, U.S.S.R.

for his work on functional analysis, group representation, and for his seminal contributions to many areas of mathematics and its applications,

Carl L. Siegel
University of Gottingen
Goettingen, Germany

in recognition of his contributions to the theory of numbers, theory of several complex variables, and celestial mechanics.

Professor Izrail M. Gelfand was a student of Kolmogorov, and some of his most important work was done in the 1940´s. Since the early 1950´s he has been Head of the Section of the Institute of Applied Mathematics of the USSR Academy of Sciences. He was a member of the editorial ´board of 'Uspekhi Matematicheskikh Nauk', chief editor of the journal 'Functional Analysis'. From 1968-70, he was President of the Moscow Mathematical Society. He was awarded the Order of Lenin three times, and the Lenin Prize, and received many other honors and recognition such as Honorary Membership, in the American National Academy of Sciences, the American Mathematical Society, the London Mathematical Society, and many more.

Professor Carl L. Siegel received his Doctor of Philosophy degree in Gottingen, 1920; became Professor of Mathematics at the University of Frankfurt-am-Main, 1922, and later at the University of Gottingen. Many of his important contributions to the theory of numbers and several complex variables date to this period in Gottingen. Being an outspoken anti-Nazi, he fled Germany in 1940 to Denmark, and was at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, from 1940 to 1950 at which time he returned to Gottingen.