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12. Edward Burr Van Vleck (18631943)
President, 19131914
Ph.D. University of Göttingen, Germany, 1893
Van Vleck was greatly influenced by his study under Felix Klein at the University of Göttingen. He returned to the U.S. to teach at Wesleyan University, and then at the University of WisconsinMadison, where he remained until he retired. The university's math building, Van Vleck Hall, is named in his honor. Most of Van Vleck's publications were in the theory of functions and differential equations. Van Vleck was a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.


For more information:

A Semicentennial History of the American Mathematical Society, 18881938, by Raymond Clare Archibald (AMS, 1938), which contains CV, honors, bibliography, biographical notes and sources.

The MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive

Mathematics Genealogy Project

A Century of Mathematics in America, Part III, Edited by Peter Duren with the assistance of Richard A. Askey, Harold M. Edwards and Uta C. Merzbach (American Mathematical Society, 1989), "Edward Burr Van Vleck, 18631943 [Reprint]," by Rudolph E. Langer and Mark H. Ingraham, p.253

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