Robert Schatten, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Robert Schatten

American mathematician

Date of Birth: 28-Jan-1911

Place of Birth: Lviv, Lviv Oblast, Ukraine

Date of Death: 26-Aug-1977

Profession: mathematician, university teacher

Nationality: United States, Poland

Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

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About Robert Schatten

  • Robert Schatten (January 28, 1911 – August 26, 1977) was an American mathematician. Robert Schatten was a born to a Jewish family in Lwów.
  • His intellectual origins were at Lwów School of Mathematics, particularly well-known for fundamental contributions to functional analysis.
  • His entire family was murdered during World War II, he himself emigrated to the United States. In 1933 he got magister degree at Jan Kazimierz University of Lwów, and in 1939 he got Master degree at Columbia University.
  • Supervised by Francis Joseph Murray, he got doctorate degree in 1942 for the thesis "On the Direct Product of Banach Spaces".
  • Shortly after being appointed to a junior professorship, he joined the United States army where during training he suffered a back injury which affected him for the remainder of his life.
  • In 1943 he was appointed to an assistant professorship at University of Vermont.
  • At National Research Council, by two years he worked with John von Neumann and Nelson Dunford.
  • In 1946, he went to Kansas University, first as extraordinary professor until 1952 and then as ordinary professor until 1961.
  • He stayed at Institute for Advanced Study in 1950 and 1952-1953, at University of Southern California in 1960-1961, and at State University of New York in 1961-1962.
  • In 1962 he became professor at Hunter College, where he stayed until his death. Schatten widely studied tensor products of Banach spaces.
  • In functional analysis, he is the namesake of the Schatten norm and the Schatten class operators.
  • His doctoral students included Elliott Ward Cheney, Jr.
  • at University of Kansas, and Peter Falley and Charles Masiello at City University of New York. Schatten died in New York City in 1977.

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