Maxwell Rosenlicht

Maxwell Rosenlicht
Born (1924-04-15)April 15, 1924
Died January 22, 1999(1999-01-22) (aged 74)
Nationality United States
Fields Mathematics
Institutions University of California, Berkeley
Northwestern University
Alma mater Harvard University
Doctoral advisor Oscar Zariski
Doctoral students Amassa Fauntleroy
Francis Flanigan
Michael Singer
Bostwick Wyman
Notable awards Cole Prize (1960)

Maxwell Alexander Rosenlicht (April 15, 1924 – January 22, 1999) was an American mathematician known for works in algebraic geometry, algebraic groups and differential algebra.

Rosenlicht went to school in Brooklyn (Erasmus High School) and studied at Columbia University (B.A. 1947) and at Harvard University, where he studied under Zariski and was awarded in 1950 his doctorate (on an Algebraic Curve Equivalence Concepts). In 1952 he went to Northwestern University. Until his retirement in 1991 he was a professor at Berkeley. He was also a visiting professor in Mexico City, IHÉS, Rome, Leiden and Harvard.

In 1960 he shared the Cole Prize in algebra with Serge Lang for his work on generalized Jacobian varieties.[1][2] He also studied the algorithmic algebraic theory of integration.

Rosenlicht was a Fulbright Fellow and 1954 Guggenheim Fellow.

He died of neurological disease on a trip to Hawaii. Rosenlicht married in 1954 and had four children.



  1. "Generalized Jacobian varieties". Annals of Mathematics. 59: 505–530. 1954. doi:10.2037/1969715.
  2. "A universal mapping property of generalized Jacobians". Annals of Mathematics. 66: 80–88. 1957. doi:10.2307/1970118.

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