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Arthur Rubin
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Rubin at the Aquarium of the Pacific in August 2006
Born1956 (age 62–63)
Alma materCaltech

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Arthur Leonard Rubin (born 1956)[citation needed] is an American mathematician and aerospace engineer. He was named a Putnam Fellow on four consecutive occasions from 1970 to 1973.

Life and career[edit | edit source]

Rubin's mother was Jean E. Rubin, a professor of mathematics at Purdue University, and his father was Herman Rubin, a professor of statistics at the same university.[1] Arthur co-authored his first paper with his mother in 1969 at the age of 13.[2] He earned his Ph.D. at the California Institute of Technology in 1978, under the direction of Alexander S. Kechris.[3]

Rubin unsuccessfully stood as a Libertarian to represent the 55th district in the 1984 California State Assembly elections.[4]

Awards and honors[edit | edit source]

As an undergraduate, Rubin was named a Putnam Fellow on four occasions, the first time in 1970, aged 14, making him the youngest Fellow to date.[5][6][7] In 1972, he tied for third place in the first USA Mathematical Olympiad.[8]

In 1974, Rubin was the subject of an article in the Madison Capital Times, in which his Caltech undergraduate advisor was quoted as saying that someone of Rubin's ability appeared in the United States "about once in every ten years".[9]

Publications[edit | edit source]

Rubin's dissertation was entitled Free Algebras in Von Neumann–Bernays–Gödel Set Theory and Positive Elementary Inductions in Reasonable Structures.[3][10] In 1979, Rubin co-authored a paper on list coloring of graphs with Paul Erdős, giving him an Erdős number of 1.[11]

  • Rubin, A. L. & Rubin, J. E. (1969). "Extended operations and relations on the class of ordinal numbers". Fundamenta Mathematicae. 65 (2): 227–242.
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References[edit | edit source]

  1. McClure, Dinah L., ed. (2002). "Obituary: J.E.H. Rubin" (PDF). Sequel (38): 2. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-09-02. Retrieved 2006-04-25.
  2. Rubin, A. L. & Rubin, J. E. (1969). "Extended operations and relations on the class of ordinal numbers". Fundamenta Mathematicae. 65 (2): 227–242. (Please note that the default language of the webpage is Polish, but it could be changed to English by changing the language option on the upper right)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Arthur Rubin at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  4. Ward, Mike (June 3, 1984). "Most Senators, Assemblymen Unchallenged". Los Angeles Times. (Subscription required (help)). Alternate Link via ProQuest.
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  6. "The Mathematical Association of America's William Lowell Putnam Competition". Mathematical Association of America. Archived from the original on 21 April 2006. Retrieved 2006-04-25. Individual Putnam Fellows: Arthur L. Rubin, California Institute of Technology
  7. Gallian, Joseph. "The Putnam Competition from 1938-2009" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2009-10-13. Retrieved 2015-09-22.
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  9. Stingley, Jim (May 13, 1974). "Caltech Math Whiz". Los Angeles Times. pp. D1–D2. (Subscription required (help)). Alternate Link via ProQuest. Reprinted and slightly altered in Madison Capital Times on July 6 1974
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