Mathematician:David Vernon Widder

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American mathematician mainly working in analyis.

He was highly regarded for his teaching abilities.

The author of the textbook Advanced Calculus.




  • Born: March 25, 1898 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
  • 1916: Graduated top of his high school class, entered Harvard University
  • 1916-17: Became a student of Maxime Bôcher
  • 1917: Started work as a computer at Aberdeen Proving Grounds
  • 1918: Returned to Harvard
  • 1920: Graduated magna cum laude, took up a Sheldon travelling fellowship, travelled to England, France and Italy
  • 1921: Returned to Harvard
  • 1923: Earned Master's Degree
  • 1924: Earned Doctorate, under supervision of George David Birkhoff
  • 1924: Started teaching as an associate at Bryn Mawr
  • 1926: Won a National Research Council Fellowship to study at the Rice Institute in Houston and at the University of Chicago
  • 1927: Back at Bryn Mawr
  • 1929: Chairman of department
  • 1931: Returned to Cambridge as assistant professor
  • 1937: Promoted to professorship
  • 1939: Married Vera Ames
  • 1942-48: Chairman of mathematics department
  • 1964-68: Director of the Program for High School Teachers of Science and Mathematics
  • Died: July 8, 1990, Arlington, Massachusetts