Basil Gordon was born on December 23, 1931, and died 80 years later on January 12, 2012. He grew up in Baltimore and attended Johns Hopkins University where he received his master's degree in mathematics in 1953. While still an undergraduate, he spent a year in Hamburg, studying with the great algebraists Emil Artin and Ernst Witt.
The Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences has awarded the Crafoord Prize in Mathematics 2012 to UCLA Mathematics Professor Terence Tao. Tao shares the award with Jean Bourgain (Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton).
UCLA Mathematics Professor Alexander Merkurjev has been awarded the 2012 Frank Nelson Cole Prize in Algebra by the American Mathematical Society (AMS) for his work on the essential dimension of groups.
In November, UCLA Mathematics Professor Emeritus Mark Green was named fellow by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest general scientific society and the publisher of the journal Science. Green was among five UCLA scholars to be selected this year.
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