Jerusalem College of Technology. Department of Mathematics

Yaakov Friedman was born in Munkatch, Hungary, 68 years ago, when the region was under Soviet rule. His parents survived the Holocaust.

Friedman completed his doctorate in 1979, specializing in Theoretical Mathematics: the

Geometry of Infinite Dimensional Spaces For eight years, Friedman worked at university of California. Then he received offers from the Jerusalem College of Technology – Lev Academic Center, as well as from several other universities in the United States.

“I asked the Rebbe, and he answered: ‘Come to Jerusalem permanently!’” Friedman says.

Ever since, that is where Friedman has remained. He started off as a lecturer at JCT, and then continued to advance as a faculty head, deputy rector, rector and vice president for research.