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Biographical Memoirs is a sequence of essays containing the existence histories and chosen bibliographies of deceased individuals of the nationwide Academy of Sciences. The sequence presents a list of the lifestyles and paintings of a few of the main extraordinary leaders within the sciences, as witnessed and interpreted via their colleagues and friends. They shape a biographical heritage of technological know-how in America--an very important a part of our nation's contribution to the highbrow background of the area.

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23] L. Bers and L. Ehrenpreis, Holomorphic convexity of Teichmüller spaces, Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 70 (1964), 761-764. [24] L. P. Gardiner, Fricke spaces, Adv. in Math. 62 (1986), 249-284. [25] L. L. Royden, Holomorphic families of injections, Acta Math. 157 (1986), 243-257. [26] I. Kra and B. Maskit (editors), Selected Works of Lipman Bers: Papers on Complex Analysis, American Mathematical Society, 1998. LIPMAN BERS 43 Photo by Bachrach G E O R G E D AV I D B I R K H O F F March 21, 1884–November 12, 1944 BY OSWALD VEBLEN G was born at Overisel, Michigan, on the twenty-first of March, 1884.

1:198-286. 1936 Sur le probleme restreint des trois corps (second memoire). Ann. Sc. Norm. Super. Pisa 5:1-42.

Lipa’s humane pragmatism was eloquently expressed during a symposium on human rights at the 1987 annual meeting of the NAS. He explained his belief that the Committee on Human Rights should focus on political and civil rights, which he called “negative rights,” rather than on a “positive” economic, social, and cultural agenda. Negative rights prohibit government restraint of certain individual actions; for example, associating freely with colleagues from abroad. Positive rights instead require a government action, such as providing food, shelter, medical care, education, employment, and so forth.

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