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Mark Kac

educator , mathematician.

Mark Kac, Polish educator, mathematician. award in sci. Member American Academy Arts and Sciences, American Philosophical Society, American Mathematics Society, Mathematics Association American, National Academy Sciences, Institute Mathematics Statistics, Royal Netherlands Academy Arts and Science (foreign), Royal Norwegian Academy (foreign), Sigma Xi.

Background

Kac, Mark was born on August 3, 1914 in Krzemieniec, Poland. Son of Bencion and Chana (Rojchel) Kac.

Education

Magister of Philosophy, U. Lwow, Poland, 1935, Doctor of Philosophy., 1937. Honorary Doctor of Science, Case Institute Technology, 1966.

Career

Teaching assistant U. Lwow, 1935-1937. Junior actuary Phoenix Company, Lwow, 1937-1938. Fellow Parnas Foundation, Johns Hopkins, 1938-1939.

Instructor Cornell Univercity, 1939-1943, assistant professor, 1943-1946, professor mathematics, 1947-1961, Andrew D. White professor-at-large, 1965-1971. Member Institute Advanced Study, Princeton, 1951-1952. Professor Rockefeller U., New York City, 1961-1981, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 1981-1984.

H.A. Lorentz vis professor of University Lelden, Netherlands, 1963. Visiting fellow Brasenose College. Senior visiting fellow Oxford (England) University, spring, 1969.

Solvay lecturer U. Brussels, Belgium, 1971.

Works

  • Contributor articles to professional journals Guggenheim fellow, 1946-1947. Recipient Chauvenet prize for paper Random Walk and the Theory of Brownian Motion Mathematics Association American, 1950, Chauvenet prize for paper Can One Hear the Shape of A Drum, 1968. Alfred Jurzykowski Foundation award in science, 1976.

    Birkhoff prize American Mathematics Society-Society Industrial and Applied Mathematics, 1978.

Membership

Member American Academy Arts and Sciences, American Philosophical Society, American Mathematics Society, Mathematics Association American, National Academy Sciences, Institute Mathematics Statistics, Royal Netherlands Academy Arts and Science (foreign), Royal Norwegian Academy (foreign), Sigma Xi.

Connections

Married Katherine Elizabeth Mayberry, April. Children: Michael Benedict, Deborah Katherine.

father:
Bencion Kac

mother:
Chana (Rojchel) Kac

spouse:
Katherine Elizabeth Mayberry

children:
Michael Benedict Kac

Deborah Katherine Kac