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Oral history interview with Albert W. Tucker, 1984 Apr. 10.

Author: Albert W Tucker; William Aspray
Edition/Format:   Archival material : English
Publication:Princeton mathematics community in the 1930s : an oral history project
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Tucker begins by describing the American mathematics community as it was in about 1900, when Princeton awarded its first Ph.D. in mathematics. Tucker describes the building up of the Princeton mathematics dept., which was to a considerable extent the result of effort by Henry Burchard Fine. Tucker discusses, at least briefly, all those who were members of the mathematics faculty, including part-time instructors and
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Genre/Form: Oral histories
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: Albert W Tucker; William Aspray
OCLC Number: 63297202
Notes: Recorded in Princeton, N.J.
Description: Transcript : 15 p.

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Tucker begins by describing the American mathematics community as it was in about 1900, when Princeton awarded its first Ph.D. in mathematics. Tucker describes the building up of the Princeton mathematics dept., which was to a considerable extent the result of effort by Henry Burchard Fine. Tucker discusses, at least briefly, all those who were members of the mathematics faculty, including part-time instructors and research assistants, at the beginning of the 1930s. Tucker tells how various fellowships, such as the National Research Council Fellowships, the Proctor Fellowships, and the Commonwealth Fellowships, brought young mathematicians from many places to Princeton.

Tucker explains how Fine Hall (completed in 1931) came to be built and how the Institute for Advanced Study was established.

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