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Daniel E. Gorenstein (January 1, 1923 – August 26, 1992) was an American mathematician. He earned his undergraduate and graduate degrees at Harvard University, where he earned his Ph.D. in 1950 under Oscar Zariski, introducing in his dissertation Gorenstein rings. He worked on commutative algebra, and then was a major influence on the classification of finite simple groups.

After teaching mathematics to military personnel at Harvard before earning his doctorate, Gorenstein held posts at Clark University and Northeastern University before he began teaching at Rutgers University in 1969, where he remained for the rest of his life.In 1981 he collaborated with Pierre Deligne and Piotr Blass. He was the founding director of DIMACS in 1989, and remained as its director until his death.[1]

Gorenstein was awarded many honors for his work on finite simple groups. He was recognised, in addition to his own research contributions such as work on signalizer functors, as a leader in putting together the classification proof, the largest collaborative piece of pure mathematics ever attempted. In 1972 he was a Guggenheim Fellow and a Fulbright Scholar; in 1978 he gained membership in the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 1989 won the Steele Prize for mathematical exposition.
See also

Gorenstein–Harada theorem
Gorenstein–Walter theorem
Peterson–Gorenstein–Zierler algorithm

Notes

^ A history of mathematics at Rutgers, Charles Weibel.

External links

O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F., "Daniel Gorenstein", MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, University of St Andrews.
Daniel Gorenstein at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
Obituary: Professor Daniel Gorenstein

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