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Ph.D. Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1917
After serving in the military during World War I, Morse taught at Harvard University, Cornell College, and Brown University, then spent the rest of his academic career at Harvard University (1926-1935) and at the Institute for Advanced Study (1935 until his retirement in 1975). He developed what became known as Morse theory, a powerful tool in the field of global analysis, and an important contribution of American mathematics. Morse won the National Medal of Science in 1964, and was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, and of academies in Italy and France.