Richard Kadison

Richard Kadison
Born (1925-07-25) July 25, 1925[1]
Nationality American
Fields Mathematics
Institutions University of Pennsylvania
Alma mater University of Chicago
Doctoral advisor Marshall Harvey Stone
Doctoral students James Glimm
Richard Lashof
Erling Størmer
Gert Pedersen
Marc Rieffel
Notable awards Steele Prize (1999)

Richard V. Kadison (b. July 25, 1925[1][2]) is an American mathematician known for his contributions to the study of operator algebras. He is a Gustave C. Kuemmerle Professor in the Department of Mathematics of the University of Pennsylvania.[3]

Kadison is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (elected in 1996),[4][5] and a foreign member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters[2] and of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.[6] He is a 1969 Guggenheim Fellow.[7]

Richard Kadison was awarded the 1999 Leroy P. Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement by the American Mathematical Society.[3][8] In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[9]

Dick Kadison was a skilled gymnast with a specialty in rings. He married Karen M. Holm on June 5, 1956, and they have one son, Lars.

Selected publications


PNAS articles

Mathematical work


  1. 1 2 "Library of Congress Name Authority File". Library of Congress.
  2. 1 2 Foreign Members list. Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters. Accessed January 12, 2010
  3. 1 2 Richard Kadison wins 1999 AMS Steele Prize. Department of Mathematics, University of Pennsylvania. Accessed January 12, 2010.
  4. Kadison, Richard V., U.S. National Academy of Sciences. Accessed January 12, 2010. Election citation: "Kadison has been the principal figure in the American school of study of operator algebras in Hilbert space since the Second World War and one of the central leaders of the world development leading to applications in quantum field theory, statistical mechanics, noncommutative geometry, and knot theory."
  5. National Academy of Sciences Elects New Members. Science, 10 May 1996, Vol. 272. no. 5263, pp. 808; doi:10.1126/science.272.5263.808
  6. Academy members list, Mathematical Sciences, Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Accessed January 12, 2010.
  7. Guggenheim Fellow list, John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. Accessed January 12, 2010.
  8. "1999 Steele Prizes" (PDF). Notices of the American Mathematical Society. 46 (4): 457–462. 1999.
  9. List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2013-01-27.
  10. Fundamentals of the Theory of Operator Algebras. Volume I, AMS website
  11. Fundamentals of the Theory of Operator Algebras. Volume II, AMS website
  12. Pedersen, Gert K. (1994). "Review of Fundamentals of the theory of operator algebras, III-IV. An exercise approach by Richard Kadison and John Ringrose" (PDF). Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. (N.S.). 31 (2): 275–277. doi:10.1090/s0273-0979-1994-00531-2.
  13. Fundamentals of the Theory of Operator Algebras. Volume III, AMS website
  14. Fundamentals of the Theory of Operator Algebras. Volume IV, AMS website
  15. Kadison–Singer Conjecture Succumbs to Proof | Mathematical Association of America
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