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By A Tribute To Boris Weisfeiler, Boris Weisfeiler and Alexander Lubotzky


In 1985 the mathematician Boris Weisfeiler disappeared while hiking alone in a remote area of Chile. At the time, he was a professor of mathematics at Pennsylvania State University and was widely recognized for his work in algebraic groups. What happened to him remains a mystery, and to this day it is not known whether he is still alive. Born in the Soviet Union, Weisfeiler received his Ph.D. in 1970 from the Leningrad branch of the Steklov Institute, where his adviser was E. B. Vinberg. Weisfeiler emigrated to the United States in 1975 and worked with Armand Borel at the Institute for Advanced Study. The next year he joined the faculty at Pennsylvania State University. In 1981 he became an American citizen. Weisfeiler’s disappearance has been the subject of several newspaper articles (see, for example, “Chilean Mystery

Year: 2012
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