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Published as Subject

Frank Spitzer

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Dates

July 24, 1926 – February 1, 1992

Authorized Form of Name

Spitzer, Frank, 1926-

Additional Forms of Names

Spitzer, F. (Frank), 1926-

Spitzer, Frank (Frank Ludwig), 1926-

Spitzer, Frank, 1926-1992

Biography

Abstract

Frank Spitzer was Professor of Mathematics at Cornell University (1961-1992). Other institutional affiliations included University of Minnesota and California Institute of Technology. His research interests included probability, and he developed fluctuation theory, the potential theory of random walk, and part of the theory of interacting particle systems.

Important Dates

July 24, 1926Birth, Vienna (Austria).

1953Obtained PhD in Mathematics, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Mich.).

1953 – 1958Instructor in Mathematics (1953-1955) and Assistant Professor of Mathematics (1955-1958), California Institute of Technology, Pasadena (Calif.).

1958 – 1961Associate Professor of Mathematics, University of Minnesota.

1961 – 1992Professor of Mathematics, Cornell University, Ithaca (N.Y.).

1981Member, National Academy of Sciences.

February 1, 1992Death.

Occupation

Probabilist.

Places

Birth

Vienna (Austria)

Graduate Education

Ann Arbor (Mich.)

Employment

Pasadena (Calif.)

Ithaca (N.Y.)

Subjects

Mathematics.

Probability and mathematical statistics

Relationships

People

Family

Spitzer, Jean Wallach

First Wife.

Spitzer, Karen

Daughter.

Spitzer, Timothy

Son.

Wald, Ingeborg

Second Wife.

Colleagues

Anderson, Carl D. (Carl David), 1905-1991

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Bacher, Robert F. (Robert Fox), 1905-2004

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Boehm, Felix

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Christy, Robert F.

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Corson, Dale R.

Both employed at Cornell University.

DuBridge, Lee A. (Lee Alvin), 1901-1994

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

DuMond, Jesse W. M. (Jesse William Monroe), 1892-1976

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Epstein, Paul S. (Paul Sophus), 1883-1966

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Feynman, Richard P. (Richard Phillips), 1918-1988

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Fisher, Michael E. (Michael Ellis)

Both employed at Cornell University.

Fowler, William A.

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Gell-Mann, Murray

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Hellwarth, Robert Willis, 1930-

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Lauritsen, Charles Christian, 1892-1968

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Lauritsen, Thomas, 1915-1973

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Leighton, Robert B.

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Millikan, Robert Andrews, 1868-1953

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Robertson, H. P. (Howard Percy), 1903-1961

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Tollestrup, Alvin

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Trilling, George H.

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Institutions

Major Positions

California Institute of Technology. Division of Physics, Mathematics and Astronomy

Instructor in Mathematics and Assistant Professor of Mathematics.

Cornell University. Department of Mathematics

Professor of Mathematics.

University of Minnesota. Department of Mathematics

Associate Professor of Mathematics.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member.

University of Michigan. Department of Mathematics

Obtained PhD (1953).

Resources

Published Resources

Subject

"Frank Ludvig Spitzer: 1926-1992", Biographical Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences