Marston Morse

Harold Calvin Marston Morse (March 24, 1892 – June 22, 1977) was an American mathematician best known for his work on the calculus of variations in the large, a subject where he introduced the technique of differential topology now known as Morse theory. The Morse–Palais lemma, one of the key results in Morse theory, is named after him, as is the Thue–Morse sequence, an infinite binary sequence with many applications. In 1933 he was awarded the Bôcher Memorial Prize for his work in mathematical analysis.

H. C. Marston Morse
Morse in 1965 (courtesy MFO)
Born(1892-03-24)March 24, 1892
DiedJune 22, 1977(1977-06-22) (aged 85)
NationalityAmerican
Alma materColby College
Harvard University
Known forMorse theory
AwardsBôcher Memorial Prize (1933)
National Medal of Science (1964)
Scientific career
FieldsMathematics
InstitutionsCornell University
Brown University
Harvard University
Institute for Advanced Study
ThesisCertain Types of Geodesic Motion of a Surface of Negative Curvature (1917)
Doctoral advisorGeorge David Birkhoff
Doctoral students

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