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Francis Joseph Murray

Francis Joseph Murray

American mathematician
Francis Joseph Murray
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Intro American mathematician
Was Mathematician
From United States of America
Type Mathematics
Gender male
Birth 3 February 1911, New York City
Death 15 March 1996, Durham (aged 85 years)
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Francis Joseph Murray (February 3, 1911 – March 15, 1996) was a mathematician, known for his foundational work (with John von Neumann) on functional analysis, and what subsequently became known as von Neumann algebras. He received his PhD from Columbia University in 1936. He taught at Duke University.
In 1967 he was awarded the Outstanding Civilian Service Medal by the U. S. Army.

Selected publications

  • 1936 (with J. von Neumann), "On rings of operators," Ann. of Math. 2(37): 116–229. The original paper on von Neumann algebras.
  • 1937 (with J. von Neumann), "On rings of operators II," Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 41: 208–248.
  • 1943 (with J. von Neumann), "On rings of operators IV," Ann. of Math. 2(44): 716–808.
  • 1941. An Introduction to Linear Transformations in Hilbert Space. Annals of Mathematics Studies, no. 4. Princeton Univ. Press.
  • 1947. The theory of mathematical machines. Columbia Univ. Press.
  • 1954. (with Kenneth S. Miller). Existence Theorems for Ordinary Differential Equations. ISBN 0-88275-320-7; 2nd printing Krieger 1976; reprint Dover 2013.
  • 1978. Applied Mathematics: An Intellectual Orientation. ISBN 0-306-39252-6

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