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Nationality  American
Role  Mathematician
Alma mater  University of Chicago
Fields  Mathematics
Doctoral students  Tsit Yuen Lam
Name  Hyman Bass

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Born  October 5, 1932 (age 83) Houston, Texas (1932-10-05)
Institutions  Columbia University, Barnard College, University of Michigan
Known for  algebraic K-theory commutative algebra algebraic geometry algebraic groups Riemann zeta function
Notable awards  National Medal of Science (2006) Cole Prize (1975)
Books  Measuring What Counts:: A Policy Brief, Measuring What Counts: A Conceptual Guide for Mathematics Assessment
Education  University of Chicago (1959), Princeton University (1955)
Awards  Guggenheim Fellowship for Natural Sciences, US & Canada
Similar People  Deborah Loewenberg Ball, Tsit Yuen Lam, John Morgan, George II of Great Britain

Doctoral advisor  Irving Kaplansky

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Hyman Bass (; born October 5, 1932) is an American mathematician, known for work in algebra and in mathematics education. From 1959 to 1998 he was Professor in the Mathematics Department at Columbia University, where he is now professor emeritus. He is currently the Samuel Eilenberg Distinguished University Professor of Mathematics and Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Michigan.


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Born in Houston, Texas, he earned his B.A. in 1955 from Princeton University and his Ph.D. in 1959 from the University of Chicago. His thesis, titled Global dimensions of rings, was written under the supervision of Irving Kaplansky.

He has held visiting appointments at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, IHES and ENS (Paris), Tata Institute (Bombay), University of Cambridge, UC Berkeley, University of Rome, IMPA (Rio), National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mittag-Leffler Institute (Stockholm), and the University of Utah. He was president of the American Mathematical Society.

Bass formerly chaired the Mathematical Sciences Education Board (1992–2000) at the National Academy of Sciences, and the Committee on Education of the American Mathematical Society. He was the President of ICMI from 1999 to 2006. Since 1996 he has been collaborating with Deborah Ball and her research group at the University of Michigan on the mathematical knowledge and resources entailed in the teaching of mathematics at the elementary level. He has worked to build bridges between diverse professional communities and stakeholders involved in mathematics education.


His research interests have been in algebraic K-theory, commutative algebra and algebraic geometry, algebraic groups, geometric methods in group theory, and ζ functions on finite simple graphs.

Awards and recognitions

Bass was elected as a member of the National Academy of Sciences in 1982. In 1983, he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2002 he was elected a fellow of TWAS. He is a 2006 National Medal of Science laureate. In 2009 he was elected a member of the National Academy of Education. In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.


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