Biography of DonaldS. Passman

Donald Steven Passman was born in New York City in

1940.

He did his under-

graduate work at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn, receiving his B.S. degree

in

1960,

and his graduate studies at Harvard University, receiving his M.A. in

1961

and his Ph.D. in

1964.

His thesis advisor was the famous algebraist Richard Brauer.

He was an Assistant Professor at the University of California, Los Angeles

(1964-

1966)

and at Yale University

(1966-1969).

In

1969,

he was appointed an Associate

Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and was promoted to the rank

of full Professor in

1971.

Since

1995,

he has been the Richard Brauer Professor

of Mathematics. Professor Passman has held visiting positions at U.C.L.A., the

University of Warwick, and at IDA/CCR Princeton and LaJolla.

He is the author of six books, namely:

• Permutation Groups, Benjamin, New York,

1968.

• Infinite Group Rings, Marcel Dekker, New York,

1971.

• The Algebraic Structure of Group Rings, Wiley-interscience, New

York,

1977.

[Krieger, Malabar,

1985.]

• Group rings, Crossed Products and Galois Theory, CBMS Con-

ference Notes, AMS, Providence,

1986.

• Infinite Crossed Products, Academic Press, Boston,

1989.

• A Course in Ring Theory, Wadsworth, Pacific Grove,

1991.

[Chelsea-

AMS, Providence,

2004.]

Professor Passman works in group theory, ring theory, group rings, Hop£ alge-

bras, and Lie algebras. He is the author of more than

160

research papers. His

most significant papers would certainly include:

• Nil ideals in group rings, Michigan Math. J. 9

(1962), 374-384.

• Group rings satisfying a polynomial identity, J. Algebra 20

(1972), 103-

117.

• A new radical for group rings?, J. Algebra 28

(1974), 556-572.

• Infinite crossed products and group-graded rings, Trans. AMS 284

(1984),

707-727.

• The semiprimitivity problem for twisted group algebras of locally finite

groups, Proc. London Math. Soc.

(3)

73

(1996), 323-357.

• The Jacobson radical of group rings of locally finite groups, Trans. AMS

349

(1997), 4696-4751.

• Invariant ideals and polynomial forms, Trans. AMS 354

(2002), 3379-

3408.

One of his best puns is the title of:

• It's essentially Maschke's theorem, Rocky Mt. J. 13

(1983), 37-54.

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