Thomas Wolff

Mathematician, Award Winner

1954 – 2000

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Who was Thomas Wolff?

Thomas Wolff was a noted mathematician, working primarily in the fields of harmonic analysis, complex analysis, and partial differential equations. As an undergraduate at Harvard University he regularly played poker with his classmate Bill Gates. While a graduate student at the University of California, Berkeley from 1976 to 1979, under the direction of Donald Sarason, he obtained a new proof of the corona theorem, a famously difficult theorem in complex analysis. He was made Professor of Mathematics at Caltech in 1986, and was there from 1988–1992 and from 1995 to his death in a car accident on a Monday night in 2000. He also held positions at the University of Washington, University of Chicago, New York University, and University of California, Berkeley.

He received the Salem Prize in 1985 and the Bôcher Memorial Prize in 1999, for his contributions to analysis and particularly to the Kakeya conjecture.

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Jul 14, 1954
United States of America
  • Harvard University
  • University of California, Berkeley
Jul 31, 2000

on July 23, 2013


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