13 Facts About Paul Cohen


Paul Cohen graduated in 1950, at age 16, from Stuyvesant High School in New York City.


Paul Cohen next studied at the Brooklyn College from 1950 to 1953, but he left without earning his bachelor's degree when he learned that he could start his graduate studies at the University of Chicago with just two years of college.


At Chicago, Paul Cohen completed his master's degree in mathematics in 1954 and his Doctor of Philosophy degree in 1958, under supervision of Antoni Zygmund.


In 1957, before the award of his doctorate, Paul Cohen was appointed as an Instructor in Mathematics at the University of Rochester for a year.


In On a conjecture of Littlewood and idempotent measures Paul Cohen made a significant breakthrough in solving the Littlewood conjecture.


Paul Cohen was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the United States National Academy of Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society.


On June 2,1995, Paul Cohen received an honorary doctorate from the Faculty of Science and Technology at Uppsala University, Sweden.


The Fields Medal that Paul Cohen won continues to be the only Fields Medal to be awarded for a work in mathematical logic, as of 2022.


Apart from his work in set theory, Paul Cohen made many valuable contributions to analysis.


Paul Cohen was a full professor of mathematics at Stanford University.


Paul Cohen was an Invited Speaker at the ICM in 1962 in Stockholm and in 1966 in Moscow.


Shortly before his death, Paul Cohen gave a lecture describing his solution to the problem of the continuum hypothesis at the 2006 Godel centennial conference in Vienna.


Paul Cohen died on March 23,2007, in Stanford, California, after suffering from lung disease.