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33. Raymond Louis Wilder (18961982)
President 19551956
Ph.D. University of Texas at Austin, 1923
Wilder's Master's degree was in actuarial mathematics, but he became a leader in the development of the field of topology in the U.S.: He synthesized settheoretic topology and algebraic topology. He spent a large part of his academic career at the University of Michigan (19361967), and then became a research associate at the University of California, Santa Barbara. In later years he became interested in the history of mathematics, which led him to publish studies using anthropological ideas: Evolution of Mathematical Concepts (1968) and Mathematics as a Cultural System (1981). Wilder was a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.


For more information:

History of the Second Fifty Years: American Mathematical Society, 19391988, by Everett Pitcher (AMS, 1988), which includes AMS Presidents from 19391988 (and reports on all aspects of the Society during the period)

Mathematics Genealogy Project

"Raymond Louis Wilder," by Brad Dybing, eMuseum, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Raymond Louis Wilder Papers, 19141982, the Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin

"Raymond Louis Wilder. November 3, 1896?July 7, 1982," by Frank Raymond, Biographical Memoirs, National Academy of Sciences

Photographs in "Who's That Mathematician? Images from the Paul R. Halmos Photograph Collection" and more photos from the collection

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