# Israel M. Gelfand

Wolf Prize Laureate in Mathematics 1978

The Prize Committee in Mathematics has carefully considered all candidates and has reached a unanimous conclusion that the Wolf Prize in Mathematics this year should be jointly awarded to Israel M. Gelfand and Carl L. Siegel.

**Israel M. Gelfand**

**Moscow State University**

**Moscow, U.S.S.R.**

“for his work on functional analysis, group representation, and for his seminal contributions to many areas of mathematics and its applications.”

Professor Izrail M. Gelfand was a student of Kolmogorov, and some of his most important work was done in the 1940´s. Since the early 1950´s he has been Head of the Section of the Institute of Applied Mathematics of the USSR Academy of Sciences. He was a member of the editorial ´board of ‘Uspekhi Matematicheskikh Nauk’, chief editor of the journal ‘Functional Analysis’. From 1968-70, he was President of the Moscow Mathematical Society. He was awarded the Order of Lenin three times, and the Lenin Prize, and received many other honors and recognition such as Honorary Membership, in the American National Academy of Sciences, the American Mathematical Society, the London Mathematical Society, and many more.