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Professor Sir Erik Christopher Zeeman
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Erik Christopher Zeeman in 1980, courtesy MFO
Born (1925-02-04)4 February 1925
Died 13 February 2016(2016-02-13) (aged 91)
Citizenship British
Alma mater Christ's College, Cambridge
Known for Catastrophe theory
Geometric topology
Singularity theory
Awards Senior Whitehead Prize (1982)
Faraday Medal (1988)
David Crighton Medal (2006)
Scientific career
Fields Mathematics
Institutions University of Cambridge
University of Warwick, England
Oxford University, England
Gresham College, England
Doctoral advisor Shaun Wylie
Doctoral students Mark Anthony Armstrong
Peter Buneman
David Epstein
John F. P. Hudson
Ray Lickorish
Anthony Manning
Tim Poston
Colin Rourke
Jaroslav Stark
David Trotman
Terry Wall
and 18 others

Sir Erik Christopher Zeeman FRS (4 February 1925 – 13 February 2016), was a British mathematician. He was known for his work in geometric topology and singularity theory. Zeeman's main contributions to mathematics were in topology, particularly in knot theory, the piecewise linear category, and dynamical systems.

  • O'Connor, John J; Edmund F. Robertson "Christopher Zeeman". MacTutor History of Mathematics archive.  
  • Zeeman's Catastrophe Machine
        • "The Cusp of Catastrophe: René Thom, Christopher Zeeman and Denis Postle" in Maps of the Mind Charles Hampden-Turner. Collier Books, 1981. ISBN: 978-0-85533-293-8

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