Kadison, Richard

Professor Richard Kadison

Richard V. Kadison is an American mathematician known for his contributions to the study of operator algebras. He is a Gustave C. Kuemmerle Professor in the Department of Mathematics of the University of Pennsylvania.

He is one of the founders and leading exponents of the theory of operator algebras, a subject that provides the mathematical framework for the basic structure of Quantum Mechanics.

Dr. Kadison is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (elected in 1996), and a foreign member of the Royal Danish Academy of Sciences and Letters and of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.

Dr. Kadison was awarded the 1999 Leroy P. Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement by the American Mathematical Society. According to the citation of the award, "For almost half a century, Kadison has been one of the world leaders in the field of operator algebras, and the present flourishing of this field is largely due to his efforts. He has written many important papers and books in the subject and has been an inspiration to graduate students and postdoctoral researchers."

He has held Fulbright, Sloan and Guggenheim fellowships, and was awarded honorary degrees from the University of Copenhagen and the Universite d'Aix-Marseille.