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Vera Pless

[Vera Pless Photo]

March 5, 1931 -

Vera Pless was an undergraduate at the University of Chicago and received her Ph.D from Northwestern in 1957 with a thesis on "Quotient Rings of Continuous Transformation Rings." Parts of this work was published in the Duke Mathematical Journal in 1958 [Abstract]. After ten years at the Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratory, she spent a few years at M.I.T.'s project MAC. She joined the University of Illinois-Chicago's department of Mathematics, Statistics and Computer Science as a full professor in 1975 and taught there until her retirement. She is a University of Illinois Scholar. She is author of the well-known text An Introduction to the Theory of Error-Correcting Codes, and has published over 100 papers.

Source: Communication from Daniel Pless


  1. Vera Pless' Home Page
  2. A Moment with Vera Pless, 2001 AWM Essay Contest, 1st Place in Graduate School Category
  3. Vera Pless, "In Her Own Words," AMS Notices, Vol. 38, No. 7, Sept. 1991, pp. 702-706.
  4. MathSciNet [subscription required]
  5. Author Profile at zbMath
  6. Mathematics Genealogy Project
  7. Biography at the MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive.