Felix Browder

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Felix Earl Browder (born July 31, 1927 in Moscow , Soviet Union ; † December 10, 2016 in Princeton , New Jersey , United States ) was an American mathematician who dealt with functional analysis .

Browder is the son of US Communist Party temporary secretary Earl Browder and the elder brother of mathematician William Browder . He received his doctorate from Princeton University in 1948 with Solomon Lefschetz ( The topological fixed point theory and its applications to functional analysis ), then was a Moore Instructor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1948 and was a professor at the University of Chicago , where he was dean for 12 years of the math faculty. Since 1986 he was at Rutgers University as Vice Director of Research. In 1953 and 1963/64 he was at the Institute for Advanced Study .

Browder had a leading role in the development of nonlinear functional analysis and its application in the theory of nonlinear partial differential equations, for example evolution equations, since the 1950s. The set of Minty-Browder in the theory of monotone operators, according to him and George Minty named. He was also active in mathematics education and the organization of important American Mathematical Society (AMS) conferences on open problems in mathematics.

In 1999 he received the National Medal of Science . From 1999 to 2000 he was President of the American Mathematical Society , of which he is a Fellow. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences (1973) and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1959). In 1953/54 and 1966/67 he was a Guggenheim Fellow , and from 1959 to 1963 he was a Sloan Research Fellow . In 1970 he was invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Nice (Recent results in nonlinear functional analysis and applications to partial differential equations) .

He is the father of fund manager Bill Browder .


  • Editor: Mathematical Developments Arising from Hilberts Problems, AMS 1976 (Symposium in Pure Mathematics, Northern Illinois University 1974)
  • Editor: Mathematics of the 21. Century- 1988 centennial symposium, AMS 1992
  • Editor: Mathematical heritage of Henri Poincaré, AMS 1983 (Symposium Indiana University, 1980)
  • Published in: Nonlinear and global analysis, AMS 1992
  • Problemes non lineaires, Montreal 1966
  • Nonlinear Operators and nonlinear equations of evolution in Banach Space, AMS 1976
  • Editor: Nonlinear functional analysis, AMS 1970 (Symposium Chicago 1968)

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Individual evidence

  1. Felix Browder, mathematician shadowed by his father's life as a Communist, dies at 89. The Washington Post, December 15, 2016, accessed on December 15, 2016 .
  2. ^ Past Fellows. Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, accessed June 5, 2019 .