Chronology

1913

Born on September 30th, in Warsaw.

(Mother’s name: Cywia Idessa Ejlenberg, father’s name: Hersz Majer Ejlenberg)

1930

Graduated from the Ascola gymnasium (photo) and admitted to  the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences of the University of Warsaw

1934

After completeing studies in Mathematics received from the University of Warsaw with the degree Master' of Philosophy.  (Thesis: “On periodic transformations of a sphere”)

1935

Met Garret Birkhoff, Marshall Stone, and Johann von Neumann in Warsaw.

1936

Received Doctoral degree. in Mathematics at the University of Warsaw.

Thesis: “On topological applications of transformations into a circle”.

Advisors: Kazimierz Kuratowski (formal) and Karol Borsuk (de facto).

A visit in Lwów. Six problems included in the Scottish Café book (p. 126, problems 133-138).

Presentation of a paper at the International Congress of Mathematicians  in Oslo:

"Sur les espaces multicohérents"

1938

A visit in Cambridge.

1939

Arrived in New York on August 23rd  greeted at the  harbor by Witold Hurewicz and Henry Wallman

1940

Appointed as an instructor at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. 

1941/46

Assistant and Associate Professor, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

1945

Met Saunders MacLane in Ann Arbor.

Published the paper ' General Theory of Natural Equivalences'  (with MacLane).

1945-46

Visiting lecturer at Princeton University.

1946

Appointed as a full professor at the University of Indiana.

1947

Took up the post at  Columbia University in New York where he remained for the rest of his career.

1947

Met Henri Cartan arriving in New York  at the LaGuardia airport.

1948

Became a US citizen.

1950/51

Year in Paris, on Fulbright Professorship and Guggenheim fellowship.

Became a member of the Bourbaki group.

1952

Published  book “Foundations of Algebraic Topology” (with Norman Steenrod).

1956

Published  book “Homological Algebra” (with Henri Cartan).

1958

Plenary Lecture at the International Congress of Mathematicians  in Edinburgh

“Applications of Homological Algebra in Topology”.

1959

Election to the National Academy of Sciences.

1960

Married Natasa Chterenzon (divorce in1969).

1967

Colloqium lecturer, American Mathematical Society.

1972

Honorary member, London Mathematical Society.

1974

Published “Automata, Languages, and Machines” (volume A & volume B in 1976).

1982

University Professor of Columbia University – retirement.

1985

Doctor Honoris Causa University of Pennsylvania.

1986

Received Wolf Prize in Israel

1987

American Mathematica Society Steele Prize.

1991

Delivered the Wacław Sierpiński Memorial Lecture at the meeting of Warsaw Section of the Polish Mathematical Society “40 Years of Postwar Topology”.

1991

Elected as foreign member of the Polish Academy of Sciences.

Received Honorary Membership of the Polish Mathematical Society

1993

The last visit in Poland at the conferences in Torun and Kazimierz Dolny.

1998

Died in New York on January 30. Obituary in New York Times.

Bibliography of Samuel Eilenberg

Mathematical Genealogy of Samuel Eilenberg