Oscar Goldman received his Ph.D in 1948 under Claude Chevalley at Princeton University. He was chair of the Mathematics Department at Brandeis University from 1952 to 1960. As chair of the department his immediate successor was Maurice Auslander.
In 1962, Goldman left Brandeis to become a professor and chair of the mathematics department at the University of Pennsylvania. Murray Gerstenhaber and Chung Tao Yang had persuaded Provost David R. Goddard to hire Goldman to help improve the quality of U. Penn's mathematics department to the level of the mathematics departments of the University of Chicago, Harvard University, and Princeton University. From 1963 to 1967, Goldman served as the chair of the mathematics department of U. Penn., hired several outstanding mathematicians including Richard Kadison and Eugenio Calabi, and regularly consulted Saunders Mac Lane and Donald C. Spencer in making his decisions on hiring and curriculum improvements.
- "A characterization of semi-simple rings with the descending chain condition". Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society. 52 (12): 1021–1027. 1946. doi:10.1090/s0002-9904-1946-08703-0. MR 0019592.
- "Semi-simple extensions of rings". Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society. 52 (12): 1028–1032. 1946. doi:10.1090/s0002-9904-1946-08704-2. MR 0019593.
- "Addition to my note on semi-simple rings". Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society. 53 (10): 956. 1947. doi:10.1090/s0002-9904-1947-08914-x. MR 0022836.
- with Maurice Auslander: "Maximal orders". Transactions of the American Mathematical Society. 97 (1): 1–24. 1960. doi:10.1090/s0002-9947-1960-0117252-7. MR 0117252.
- with Maurice Auslander: "The Brauer group of a commutative ring". Transactions of the American Mathematical Society. 97 (3): 367–409. 1960. doi:10.1090/s0002-9947-1960-0121392-6. MR 0121392.
- Oscar Goldman (1925–1986)
- In response to an inquiry as to who was the chair of the Brandeis mathematics department in 1951, Richard Palais replied (19 Sept. 2012) by email: "I didn't become a member of the department myself until 1960, which was just a year or two after the graduate program was getting organized. Remember, Brandeis was only founded in 1948, and it takes a few years to get things organized, and I was under the impression that Oscar was the first chair, and that before 1952 there was no math department as such, just a few teachers of math. The sentence at the bottom of page 101 of Sachar's "A Host at Last" lists a group of seven original "nucleus" members of the department, and I am reasonably sure that none of them preceded Oscar as chair."
- brief_history – Department of Mathematics – University of Pennsylvania
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