Gerald L. Alexanderson

Summary

Gerald Lee Alexanderson (1933–2020) was an American mathematician. He was the Michael & Elizabeth Valeriote Professor of Science at Santa Clara University, and in 1997–1998 was president of the Mathematical Association of America. He was also president of The Fibonacci Association from 1980 to 1984.[2][3]

Gerald L. Alexanderson
Born(1933-11-13)November 13, 1933
DiedDecember 16, 2020(2020-12-16) (aged 87)[1]
NationalityAmerican
OccupationValeriote Professor of Science, Santa Clara University
Board member ofThe Fibonacci Association Mathematical Association of America
Academic background
Alma materStanford University University of Oregon
Academic work
DisciplineMathematics
Sub-disciplineCombinatorics specialist, Number Theory specialist

Education and careerEdit

Alexanderson did his undergraduate studies at the University of Oregon, graduating with a B.A. in 1955. He earned a master's degree from Stanford University in 1958, and in the same year joined the Santa Clara University faculty. At Santa Clara, he chaired the department of mathematics for 35 years, from 1967 to 2002.[2][3]

He was the co-author, editor, or co-editor of 15 books, and was editor of Mathematics Magazine from 1986 to 1990.[2][3] Abraham Hillman[4] was his most frequent co-author.

Awards and honorsEdit

In 2005, Alexanderson won both the Deborah and Franklin Haimo Awards for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics,[2][5] and the Yueh-Gin Gung and Dr. Charles Y. Hu Award for Distinguished Service to Mathematics,[2][6] both from the Mathematical Association of America.

Selected publicationsEdit

as authorEdit

  • with Abraham Hillman: Functional trigonometry: trigonometry integrated with vectors, complex numbers, analytic geometry, and elementary functions. 1961.
  • with Abraham Hillman: Algebra and trigonometry: a treatment of algebra and trigonometry integrated with vectors, complex numbers, and elementary functions. 1963. 4 editions
  • with Abraham Hillman: Algebra through problem solving. 1966. 7 editions
  • with Abraham Hillman: A first undergraduate course in abstract algebra. 1973. 16 editions
  • with Donald J. Albers and Constance Reid: International mathematical congresses : an illustrated history, 1893-1986. New York: Springer-Verlag. 1986; 1st edition, hbk, 63 pages{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: postscript (link); Albers, Donald J.; Alexanderson, Gerald L.; Reid, Constance (6 December 2012). 2012 pbk reprint. ISBN 9781468402995. 29 editions
  • with Abraham Hillman and Richard M. Grassi: Discrete and combinatorial mathematics. 1987. 8 editions

as editorEdit

  • with Donald J. Albers: Mathematical people : profiles and interviews, with introduction by Philip J. Davis. 1985. Albers, Donald; Alexanderson, Gerald L. (18 September 2008). 2008 2nd edition. ISBN 9781439865170. 26 editions
  • with Leonard F. Klosinski and Loren C. Larson: William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition : problems and solutions, 1965-1984. Washington, DC: Mathematical Association of America. 1985. Alexanderson, Gerald L.; Klosinski, Leonard F.; Larson, Loren C. (5 December 2018). 2018 pbk edition. ISBN 9781470449681. 25 editions
  • Pólya picture album : encounters of a mathematician by George Pólya, edited by G. L. Alexanderson. Boston: Birkhäuser. 1987. 15 editions
  • with Donald J. Albers and Constance Reid: More mathematical people : contemporary conversations. 1990. 13 editions
  • with Dale H. Mugler: Lion hunting & other mathematical pursuits : a collection of mathematics, verse, and stories by Ralph P. Boas, Jr. Washington, D.C.: Mathematical Association of America. 1995. ISBN 9780883853238.[7] 15 editions (See Ralph P. Boas Jr.)
  • Harmony of the world : 75 years of Mathematics magazine with the assistance of Peter Ross. Washington, DC: Mathematical Association of America. 2007.
  • with Donald J. Albers: Albers, Donald J.; Alexanderson, Gerald L. (2011). Fascinating mathematical people : interviews and memoirs with a foreword by Philip J. Davis. ISBN 978-1400839551. 18 editions
  • with Tatiana Shubin and David Hayes: Expeditions in mathematics. Washington, D.C.: Mathematical Association of America. 2011. ISBN 9780883855713.
    • Mathematical adventures for students and amateurs, edited by David F. Hayes and Tatiana Shubin; with the assistance of Gerald L. Alexanderson and Peter Ross. Washington, DC: Mathematical Association of America. 2004. ISBN 9780883855485.
  • with Donald J. Albers and William Dunham: The G.H. Hardy reader. Cambridge University Press. 2015. ISBN 9781107135550.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Obituary for Gerald ("Jerry") L. Alexanderson". Mathematical Association of America. December 22, 2020. Retrieved February 20, 2021.
  2. ^ a b c d e Gerald Lee Alexanderson, 1997-1998 MAA President, MAA Presidents, Mathematical Association of America, retrieved 2014-06-26.
  3. ^ a b c Curriculum vitae, retrieved 2014-06-26.
  4. ^ "Memorial: Abraham Hillman *50". Princeton Alumni Weekly. 2004.
  5. ^ Haimo Award citation, Mathematical Association of America, retrieved 2014-06-26.
  6. ^ Megginson, Robert E. (March 2005), "Yueh-Gin Gung and Dr. Charles Y. Hu Award to Gerald L. Alexanderson for Distinguished Service to Mathematics", American Mathematical Monthly, 112 (3): 197–199, doi:10.2307/30037437, JSTOR 30037437.
  7. ^ Gillman, Leonard (1996). "Review of Lion Hunting and Other Mathematical Pursuits. A Collection of Mathematics, Verser and Stories by Ralph P. Boas, Jr., edited by Gerald L. Alexanderson and Dale H. Mugler". The American Mathematical Monthly. 103 (7): 607. doi:10.2307/2974683. ISSN 0002-9890. JSTOR 2974683.

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