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Maxwell Rosenlicht

Maxwell Rosenlicht

Dr. Maxwell Alexander ROSENLICHT

Maxwell Alexander ROSENLICHT

15th Apr 1924 - 22nd Jan 19991,2

Life History

15th Apr 1924

Born in Brooklyn, Kings, NY, USA

20th Aug 1956

Birth of son Alan Russell ROSENLICHT

22nd Jan 1999

Died in HI, USA.1,2

Max died of a neurological disease which had constrained his work and activities during the last few years of his life.

To the last, Max maintained his burning interest in travel, art, music
and history. He died rereading "Anna Karenina."

Other facts




Social Security number 122-14-7685


  • Max was a distinguished mathematician and professor emeritus of mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley, who maintained homes in both Berkeley and Tucson, Ariz., with his wife Carla.

    He was widely known for his many research contributions to algebraic geometry, algebraic groups and differential fields. In 1960, he was awarded the Frank Nelson Cole Prize in Algebra by the American Mathematical Society for his seminal 1954 paper on generalized jacobian varieties. This prize is awarded every five years by the society to honor outstanding research contributions in algebra.

    Max joined the Department of Mathematics at UC Berkeley in 1958 and served a term as chair of the department from 1973 to 1975. Rosenlicht retired from UC Berkeley in 1991.

    "Max Rosenlicht was one of the leaders of the department and contributed during his many years of distinguished service to building the department to its premier status, said Calvin Moore, chair of the mathematics department at UC Berkeley.  He trained many fine students."

    Maxl attended public schools in Brooklyn, NY, in particular Erasmus High School. He received a bachelor's degree from Columbia University in 1947 before going on to Harvard University for his doctoral degree, which he obtained in 1950. At Harvard he studied under the noted algebraic geometer Oscar Zariski. He also considered Solomon Lefschetz a mentor. Max was awarded a National Research Fellowship and in 1952 joined the mathematics faculty at Northwestern University.

    He was the recipient of a Fulbright Research Professorship and a Guggenheim Fellowship, as well as a Miller Fellowship and a Fulbright Teaching Fellowship.  During his career, he served as visiting professor at the University of Rome, the University of Leiden, the Institut des Hautes Etudes at Bures, France, the University of Catalunya, the National University of Mexico and Harvard.3,2


  • 1. Social Security Death Index, Url:
  • 2. Maxwell Rosenlicht Obituary, Url:, Item Info: News Release
    • University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA, 1 Feb 1999
  • 3. Marquis Who's Who, 2004

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