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American and Russian to Share in Wolf Foundation Prize for Mathematics

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The 1982 Wolf Foundation prize in mathematics is to be shared by an American and a Russian, the Israel-based Foundation announced here.

They are Prof. Hassler Whitney, of the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton, N.J., and Prof. Mark Grigorevich Krein, of the Institute of Physical Chemistry of the Ukrainian Academy of Sciences in Odessa. They will share the $100,000 prize to be awarded by President Yitzhak Navon at a ceremony in the Knesset in May.

Krein is the third Russian mathematician to be awarded the Wolf Prize. While they have been allowed to accept the award, they have not be allowed to leave the Soviet Union to accept it in person. The Foundation is now trying to obtain permission for them to accept the award at a foreign embassy in Moscow representing Israeli interests.

Whitney is honored for his work in algebraic and differential topology and differential geometry. Krein is honored for his “fundamental contributions to functional analysis and its applications.”

The Foundation prize in chemistry for 1982 is to be shared by Prof. George Pimental, of the University of California, for the discovery of photodissociation and chemical lasers, among other accomplishments, and Prof. John Polanyi, of the University of Toronto, for his studies of chemical reactions envisaging the principles underlying the chemical laser

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