The Mathematical Ancestors of Jack Schwartz

By following the links I was able to construct the following list of Jack’s mathematical ancestors:

Jacob T. Schwartz, Ph.D. Yale University 1952

Nelson Dunford, Ph.D. Brown University 1936

Jacob David Tamarkin, Ph.D. St. Petersburg State University 1917

Pafnuty Lvovich Chebyshev, Ph.D. St. Petersburg State University 1849

Andrei Andreyevich Markov, Ph.D. St. Petersburg State University 1884

Nikolai Dmitrievich Brashman, Ph.D. Moscow State University 1834

Joseph Johann von Littrow, Advisor Unknown.

I recognized the names Chebyshev and Markov as soon as I soon them.

George Forsythe and Dunford were mathematical sons of Tamarkin, so George was Jack’s mathematical uncle. George was the first chairman of the computer science department at Stanford, as was Jack the first chairman of computer science at CIMS. [1]

I know I studied some of Forsythe’s work and I have a vague memory that he may have spent some time on the Caltech campus.

I was quite moved as I put this list together, especially when I saw so many of Jack’s

Note:

1. Forsythe’s entry is very brief. I also try to omit needless words, but the authors enforced too low a bound on the size of his entry.

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