Harold P. Boas


Harold P. Boas
BornJune 26, 1954 (1954-06-26) (age 67)
Alma materHarvard University (1976)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1980)
AwardsChauvenet Prize (2009)
Scientific career
InstitutionsColumbia University
Texas A&M University
Doctoral advisorNorberto Kerzman

Harold P. Boas (born June 26, 1954) is an American mathematician.


Boas was born in Evanston, Illinois, United States. He is the son of two noted mathematicians, Ralph P. Boas, Jr and Mary L. Boas.


He received his A.B. and S.M. degrees in applied mathematics from Harvard University in 1976 and his Ph.D. in mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980 under the direction of Norberto Kerzman.[1]


Boas was a J. F. Ritt Assistant Professor at Columbia University (1980–1984) before moving to Texas A&M University, where he advanced to the rank of associate professor in 1987 and full professor in 1992. He has held visiting positions at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute in Berkeley, California.

Publications and awards

He has published over thirty papers, including Reflections on the arbelos,[2] and has also translated several dozen papers and a book from Russian into English. He is a winner of the Lester R. Ford Award (2007)[2] of the Mathematical Association of America and a co-winner of the Stefan Bergman Prize (with Emil J. Straube, 1995) of the American Mathematical Society.[3] In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[4]

He revised and updated his father's book A Primer of Real Functions for the fourth edition.


  1. ^ Harold P. Boas at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. ^ a b Boas, Harold P. (2006). "Reflections on the Arbelos". American Mathematical Monthly. 113 (3): 236–249. doi:10.2307/27641891. JSTOR 27641891.
  3. ^ "1995 Bergman Trust Prize Awarded" (PDF), Notices of the American Mathematical Society, 42 (7): 778–779, 1995
  4. ^ List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2012-11-10.