Wolf Prize Laureate in Mathematics 1986
Affiliation at the time of the award:
Columbia University, USA
“for his fundamental work in algebraic topology and homological algebra”.
Professor Samuel Eilenberg began his mathematical education in the Polish School of point set topology, and has since made basic contributions to algebraic topology. Among his many seminal works are those in obstruction theory and in the creation of singular homology theory. His study of the relations between homology and homotopy is fundamental. He was one of the creators of the cohomology of groups and of the cohomology of Lie algebras and in fact of homological algebra. Each of these subjects has had many applications. His work has been central in several major developments of modern mathematics.