Hyman Bass

Hyman Bass
Born October 5, 1932 (1932-10-05) (age 86)
Houston, Texas
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Chicago
Known for algebraic K-theory
commutative algebra
algebraic geometry
algebraic groups
Riemann zeta function
Awards National Medal of Science (2006)
Cole Prize (1975)
Scientific career
Fields Mathematics
Institutions Columbia University, Barnard College, University of Michigan
Doctoral advisor Irving Kaplansky
Doctoral students Tsit Yuen Lam, Rohen Shah, Gennady Lyubeznik, Anthony Bak, Michael Stein

Hyman Bass (/ˈhmən bæs/; born October 5, 1932)[1] 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. He is currently the Samuel Eilenberg Distinguished University Professor of Mathematics and Professor of Mathematics Education at the University of Michigan.


Born to a Jewish family in Houston, Texas,[1] 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, New Jersey,[2] Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques and École Normale Supérieure, (Paris), Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (Bombay), University of Cambridge, University of California, 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.[3] 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.[4] In 1983, he was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.[5] In 2002 he was elected a fellow of The World Academy of Sciences.[6] He is a 2006 National Medal of Science laureate.[7] In 2009 he was elected a member of the National Academy of Education.[8] In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[9]

See also


  1. 1 2 Hyman Bass. MacTutor History of Mathematics archive. Accessed January 31, 2010
  2. Institute for Advanced Study: A Community of Scholars Archived 2013-01-06 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ICMI Executive Committees 1908–2009. International Commission on Mathematical Instruction. Accessed January 31, 2010
  4. "Bass, Hyman". National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved May 20, 2011.
  5. "Book of Members, 1780–2010: Chapter B" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved May 20, 2011.
  6. Hyman Bass, CV, twas.org
  7. President to Award 2005–2006 National Medals of Science and National Medals of Technology Honoring Nation's Leading Researchers, Inventors and Innovator. National Science Foundation. Accessed January 31, 2010
  8. Hyman Bass Elected to the National Academy of Education, U. of Michigan Department of Education
  9. List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2012-11-10.
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