Frederick R. Cohen, PhD

Title: Mathematics Educator
Company: University of Rochester
Location: Rochester, New York, United States

Frederick R. Cohen, PhD, Mathematics Educator at the University of Rochester, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements and leadership in mathematics education.

First inspired to pursue his field after reading an article that dissected the angles of a triangle, found in the book “Introduction to Geometry” by H.S.M. Coxeter, Dr. Cohen has been a professor at the University of Rochester in New York since 1989. He began his professional career as an assistant to associate professor at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb in 1972, remaining there for seven years while also serving the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey, from 1975 to 1977. He then joined the University of Kentucky in Lexington as an associate to full professor between 1979 and 1988, and later returned to the Institute for Advanced Study from 2005 to 2006 and from 2010 to 2011. In addition to this tenure, Dr. Cohen was an invited speaker at the International Congress of Mathematics in Poland in 1983, and a lecturer in the Namboodiri lectures in geometry and topology at the University of Chicago in 2015.

Prior to the start of his career, Dr. Cohen pursued a formal education at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, earning a Bachelor of Arts in 1967. He then attended the University of Chicago, where he attained a PhD in 1972. An editorial board member for the Forum Mathematicum, published by the Walter DeGruyter Co., from 1988 to 1996, he has conducted much research on exponents for the homotopy groups of spheres and Moore spaces, as well as the cohomology of configuration spaces. A fellow of the American Mathematical Society in 2012, he also served the organization as an editorial board member from 1988 to 1991. The recipient of the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award, Dr. Cohen was a grantee of the National Science Foundation from 1975 to 1996, as well as DARPA. A fellow of the A.P. Sloan Foundation from 1979 to 1983, he was honored at the 60th Birthday Conference of the University of Tokyo in 2005, and was given the Goergen Award for Distinguished Achievement and Artistry in Undergraduate Education by the University of Rochester in 2008. Furthermore, he was selected for inclusion in the fourth edition of Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.

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