Emeritus Professor of Mathematical Logic
Mathematical Logic, Recursion Theory, Computational Set Theory
Gerald Sacks served on the MIT Mathematics Faculty from 1967-2006. He joined the Harvard mathematics faculty in a joint appointment in 1972, where he continues to teach and do research. In 1961, Professor Sacks received the PhD from Cornell University under the supervision of J. Barkley Rosser. Following a year at the Institute for Advanced Study, he joined the Cornell mathematics faculty before coming to MIT.
Professor Sacks is a major figures in mathematical logic and recursion theory, a precursor of computer science. In 1994, the Sacks Prize was established in honor of Professor Sack’s research and unique success as a graduate advisor. Awarded annually by the Association for Symbolic Logic, it is given for the most outstanding doctoral dissertation in the field.