Singer is an Institute Professor of Mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). (An Institute Professor title is the highest that can be awarded at MIT.) Singer is also Professor Emeritus of Mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley. He has a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from the University of Michigan, and was awarded a master’s in 1948 and his Ph.D. in Mathematics from the University of Chicago in 1950. He has taught mathematics at MIT for most of his long and distinguished career.
Singer, along with mathematician Michael Atiyah, proved a major result in 1962, known as the Atiyah-Singer index theorem, which establishes a key theoretical bridge between pure mathematics and theoretical physics. Among other important results, Singer also invented an entirely new subfield in mathematics, known as “triangulated operator algebras.” He also co-founded the world-renowned Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI).
In the 1980s, Singer served as chair of the Committee of Science & Public Policy of the United States National Academy of Sciences and on the Governing Board of the United States National Research Council in the 1990s. He has received numerous awards for his work in mathematics, including the National Medal of Science in 1983, an honor awarded by the President of the United States.
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