Isadore M. Singer was born in 1924 in Detroit, and received his undergraduate
degree from the University of Michigan in 1944. After obtaining his Ph.D.
from the University of Chicago in 1950, he joined the faculty at the
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Singer has spent most of his
professional life at MIT, where he is currently an Institute Professor.
Singer is a member of the American Academy of Art and Sciences, the American
Philosophical Society and the National Academy of Sciences (NAS). He served on
the Council of NAS, the Governing Board of the National Research Council, and
the White House Science Council. Singer was vice president of the American
Mathematical Society from 1970 - 1972.
In 1992 Singer received the American Mathematical Society's Award for
Distinguished Public Service. The citation recognized his "outstanding
contribution to his profession, to science more broadly and to the public
Among the other awards he has received are the B˘cher Prize (1969) and the
Steele Prize for Lifetime Achievement (2000), both from the American
Mathematical Society, the Eugene Wigner Medal (1988), and the National Medal
of Science (1983). In 2004, he was awarded the Abel Prize, jointly with Sir
When Singer was awarded the Steele Prize his response, published in the
Notices of the AMS, was: "For me the classroom is an important counterpart
to research. I enjoy teaching undergraduates at all levels, and I have a host
of graduate students, many of whom have ended up teaching me more than I have
Singer has also written influential textbooks that have inspired generations