One year ago: Israel Gelfand
"We like Mozart not because of a particular piece that he created," said Edward Frenkel of UC Berkeley. "It's the totality of his work and its profound beauty that make him a great composer. Gelfand thought the same applied to his work."
Gelfand's genius was in his ability to contribute in more than a dozen areas while most mathematicians were becoming more specialized.
Gelfand died a year ago at age 96. His obituary appeared in The Times on Oct. 11, 2009.
-- Keith Thursby
Photo: Israel Gelfand. Credit: Rutgers University