Sumner Byron Myers

Sumner Byron Myers (February 19, 1910 – October 8, 1955) was an American mathematician specialized in topology. He studied at Harvard University under H. C. Marston Morse,[1] where he was graduated with a Ph.D. in 1932.[2] Myers then pursued postdoctoral studies at Princeton University (1934–1936)[3] before becoming a professor for mathematics at the University of Michigan, where an award for outstanding students of mathematics has been named in his honor.[4] He died unexpectedly from a heart attack during the 1955 Michigan–Army football game at Michigan Stadium.[5]

Sumner Byron Myers
Born February 19, 1910
Boston, Massachusetts
Died October 8, 1955 (aged 45)
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Nationality American
Alma mater Harvard University
Known for Myers theorem
Scientific career
Fields Mathematics
Institutions University of Michigan
Doctoral advisor H. C. Marston Morse
Doctoral students Meyer Jerison
Leonard J. Savage


  1. ^ Tucker, A: Interview with Albert Tucker Archived 2012-10-08 at the Wayback Machine., Princeton University, July 11, 1984. Last accessed January 1, 2010.
  2. ^ Mathematics Genealogy Project: Sumner Byron Myers, no date. Last accessed December 5, 2005.
  3. ^ Princeton University: Members of the School of Mathematics Archived 2000-12-13 at the Wayback Machine., no date. Last accessed December 5, 2005.
  4. ^ University of Michigan: Sumner Myers Award, no date. Last accessed December 5, 2005.
  5. ^ The Michigan Alumnus. 62. UM Libraries. 1955. p. 90.

Further reading

  • Bott, R.; Hildebrandt, T. H.; Ritt, R. K.; Rothe, E. H.; Samelson, H. (1958). "In memoriam Sumner B. Myers (1910–1955)". Michigan Math. J. 5 (1): 1–4. doi:10.1307/mmj/1028998004.

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