White Hall, looking down to the valley, around 1870
Graduate students earning a Ph.D. in Mathematics, 18681939
1868–1879
In 1972, Eddy received the first Ph.D. awarded at Cornell in any subject. He was an Assistant Professor in Mathematics at Cornell. There is no record of his dissertation. He had a brilliant scientific and academic career.
1880–1889
Cadwallader Edwards Linthicum, 1888
Title: On the rectification of certain curves and on certain series involved.
Advisor: James Oliver.
Career: Teaching, Real Estate, New York.
1890–1899
Agnes Sime Baxter, 1895
Title: On Abelian integrals, a resume of Neumann’s ‘Abelsche Integrele’ with comments and applications.
Advisor: James Oliver.
Baxter is the second Canadian Women to receive a mathematics Ph.D.
Charles Worthington Comstock, 1898
Title: The Application of Quaternions to the Analysis of Internal Stress.
Advisor: Unknown.
Comstock received a M.C.E. degree in 1894. He was an Instructor in Civil Engineering until 1897 when he left Cornell for a position at the Colorado State School of Mines. He earned his Ph.D. in 1898 in absentia. His dissertation is very mathematical and refers to ideas suggested by H.T. Eddy.
1900–1909
Clarence Lemuel Elisha Moore , 1904
Title: Classification of the Surfaces of Singularities of the Quadratic Spherical Complex.
Advisor: Virgil Snyder.
Career: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
John Wesley Young , 1904
Title: On the Group of the Sign (0, 3, 2, 4, ∞) and the Functions Belonging to It.
Advisor: John Irwin Hutchinson.
Career: Dartmouth College.
Richard Morris, 1906
Title: On the Automorpic Functions of the Group (0,3,l1,l2,l3).
Advisor: John Irwin Hutchinson.
Career: Rutgers University.
Charles Herschel Sisam, 1906
Title: On the Classification of Scrolls of Order Seven Having a Rectilinear Directrix.
Advisor:Virgil Snyder.
Career: Colorado College.
Speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians, Toronto 1924 and Bologna, 1928.
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Helen Brewster Owens, 1910
Title: Conjugate Line Congruences of the Third Order Defined by a Family of Quadrics.
Advisor: Virgil Snyder.
Career: Cornell (first women to serve as Instructor in the department), Pennsylvania State University, Associate Editor of the American Mathematical Monthly.
Paul Prentice Boyd, 1911
Title: On the Perspective Jonquieres Involutions Associated with the (2, 1) Ternary Correspondence.
Advisor: Virgil Snyder. Career: University of Kentucky (including Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences 19171947)
Frank Millett Morgan, 1912
Title: Involutorial Transformations.
Advisor: Virgil Snyder.
Career: Dartmouth, Head master of the Clark School in Hanover, NH.
Robert Wilbur Burgess, 1914
Title: The Uniform Motion of a Sphere Through a Viscous Liquid.
Advisor: Francis Robert Sharpe.
Career: Purdue University, Cornell and Brown University, Western Electric Company, 19241952, Director of U.S. Census Bureau, 19531961. Served during World War I.
Anna Helen Tappan, 1914
Title: Plane Sextic Curves Invariant under Birational Transformations.
Advisor: Virgil Snyder.
Career: The Western College for Women, Oxford, Ohio (served as Head of Mathematics and Dean).
Hans H. Dalaker, 1917
Title: On the Automorphic Functions of the Group (0, 3; 4, 6).
Advisor: John Irwin Hutchinson.
Career: The University of Minnesota (where a fellowship is named after him).
Temple Rice Hollcroft , 1917
Title: A Classification of General (2,3) Point Correspondences
Between Two Planes.
Advisor: Virgil Snyder.
Career: Wells College, Speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians, Zurich 1932.
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Julia Dale, 1924
Title: Some Properties of the Exponential Mean.
Advisor: Wallie A. Hurwitz.
Career: The University of Oklahoma, Delta State College in Cleveland, Duke University where an undergraduate prize is named after her.
Elbert Frank Cox, 1925
Title:Polynomial Solutions of Difference Equations.
Advisor: Lloyd Garrison Williams.
Career: West Virginia State College, Howard University. First African American to earn a doctorate in mathematics.
Hazel Edith Schoonmaker (later, Wilson), 1927
Title: NonMonoidal Involutions Having a Congruence of Invariant Conics.
Advisor: Virgil Snyder.
Career: New Jersey College for Women, Hartwick College and
Jackson State University.
Howard Adams DoBell, 1928
Title: On the Geometry of the Triangle.
Advisor: Walter B. Carver.
Career: New York State College for Teachers, Albany, N.Y.
Ralph Lent Jeffery, 1928
Title: The Uniform Approximation of a Sequence of Integrals and the Sequence of Functions Which Define a Definite Integral Containing a Parameter.
Advisor: David C. Gillespie.
Career: Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario. The building housing Mathematics and Statistics at Queen's University is named after him. Served as President of Royal Society of Canada and of the Canadian Mathematical Society. The Jeffery–Williams Prize is a mathematics award presented annually by the Canadian Mathematical Society.
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Ralph Palmer Agnew, 1930
Title: The Behavior of Bounds and Oscillations of Sequences of Functions Under Regular Transformations. Advisor: Wallie A. Hurwitz.
Career: National Research Fellow, Cornell (served as Chair 194050).
Walter Hetherington Durfee, 1930
Title: Summation Factors Which are Powers of a Complex Variable.
Advisor: Wallie A. Hurwitz.
Career: Hobart and Smith Colleges (Head of Mathematics, Dean, Acting President, Provost). W.H. Durfee is the son of William Pitt Durfee who received his Mathematics Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins in 1883 under J.J. Sylvester and was Professor of Mathematics at Hobart and Smith. He is the father of William Hetherington Durfee who earned his Mathematics Ph.D. at Cornell in 1943 and the grandfather of Alan Hetherington Durfee who earned is Mathematics Ph.D. at Cornell in 1971.
Evelyn Teresa Carroll (later, Rusk), 1932
Title: Systems of Involutorial Birational Transformations Contained Multiply in Special Linear Line Complexes.
Advisor: Virgil Snyder.
Career: Dartmouth College and Wells College.
Ira Owen Horsfall, 1932
Title: Transformations Associated with the Lines of a Cubic, Quadratic or Linear Complex.
Advisor: Virgil Snyder.
Career: Snow College. Director of the Extension Division at the University of Utah.
Roberta Frances Johnson, 1933
Title: Involutions of Order 2 Associated with Surfaces of Genera PA=PG=0,P2=P3=0.
Advisor: Virgil Snyder.
Career: Colorado State University and The University of Colorado.
Joseph Lev, 1933
Title: The Effects of Linear Transformations on the Divergence of Bounded Sequences and Functions.
Advisor: Wallie A. Hurwitz.
Career: Statistician, New York State Department of Civil Service.
Clarence Raymond Wyllie, 1934
Title: Space Curves Belonging to a Linear Line Complex.
Advisor: Virgil Snyder.
Career: Ohio State University, the Air Force Institute of Technology, the University of Utah, and Furman University.
Gertrude K. Blanch, 1935
Title: Properties of the Veneroni Transformation in S(4).
Advisor: Virgil Snyder.
Career: Hunter College, Technical Director of the Mathematical Tables Project in New York City. Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science (1962); Federal Woman's Award (1964).
