James M. Kister,
an American mathematician, topologist, and professor emeritus of mathematics at University of Michigan. He received his Ph.D. in 1959 from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, under advisor R. H. Bing on isotopies in manifolds . The Kister Isotopy was an important contribution to the theory of higher dimensional topology.
As a research assistant at Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1953-56, James Kister worked with some of the earliest electronic computers on a variety of scientific projects, including, with several others, the design of a program for a computer to play Los Alamos Chess.
- James Kister, Paul Stein, Stanislaw Ulam, William Walden, Mark Wells (1957). Experiments in Chess. Journal of the ACM, Vol. 4, No. 2
- James Kister (1959). Small isotopies in Euclidean spaces and 3-manifolds. Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society, Vol. 65, pp.371-37
- James Kister (1959). Isotopies in Manifolds. Ph.D. thesis, University of Wisconsin–Madison, advisor R. H. Bing, Isotopies in 3-Manifolds as pdf