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M. Scott Osborne (1946-2014)

Submitted by Rose Choi on July 1, 2014 - 5:00am

Long-time faculty member Scott Osborne died on Friday, July 4. He was born on September 2, 1946, in Rupert, Idaho, and attended the University of Washington, receiving a BS in physics in 1968. Scott continued his studies at Yale, receiving a PhD in mathematics in 1972 under the supervision of Robert Langlands. Next came a one-year visiting assistant professorship at the University of Michigan and two years at the University of Chicago as an L.E. Dickson Instructor.

Scott joined the University of Washington as an assistant professor in 1975, moving on to be an associate professor and professor before retiring in 2012 and becoming professor emeritus. Well known to students for his teaching in a range of core undergraduate and graduate courses, Scott published two textbooks in Springer's Graduate Texts in Mathematics series, Basic Homological Algebra and, just this year, Locally Convex Spaces. His final paper is due to appear in the October issue of the American Mathematical Monthly.

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