Bing, R.H.

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Birth 1914-10-20
Death 1986-04-28
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English

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R.H. Bing (1914-1986) was a geometric topologist at the University of Wisconsin (1947-1972) and the University of Texas at Austin (1973-1986).

From the description of Bing, R.H., Papers, 1948-1986. (University of Texas Libraries). WorldCat record id: 19293064

R.H. Bing (1914-1986) graduated from Southwest Texas State Teachers College, San Marcos, in 1935 and, after several years as a high school mathematics teacher, commenced graduate study at the University of Texas at Austin under R.L. Moore, receiving his doctorate in 1945.

In 1947 he moved to the University of Wisconisin, Madison, where he remained until returning to the University of Texas in 1973. Bing was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1965 (council member, 1970-1980), and was a member of the National Science Board (1968-1974) and the National Research Council governing board (1977-1980). In 1974 he received the Mathematical Association of America Award for Distinguished Service to Mathematics. Bing's research concentrated on the geometric topology of 3-manifolds, particularly their pathology. His side approximation theorem for 2-spheres in Euclidean 3-space and his "Bing shrinking" procedure have been generalized to higher dimensional manifolds. Bing summarized the field in his work "The Geometric Topology of 3-Manifolds" (1983). (1977-1980). In 1974 he received the Mathematical Association of America Award for Distinguished Service to Mathematics. Bing's research concentrated on the geometric topology of 3-manifolds, particularly their pathology. His side approximation theorem for 2-spheres in Euclidean 3-space and his "Bing shrinking" procedure have been generalized to higher dimensional manifolds. Bing summarized the field in his work "The Geometric Topology of 3-Manifolds" (1983).

From the description of R.H. Bing interview, 1984. (University of Texas Libraries). WorldCat record id: 55041456

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