Past Faculty

Hassler Whitney

School of Mathematics
Affiliation
Mathematics

From the New York Times, May 12, 1989:

Hassler Whitney [was] a mathematician who made important contributions in geometry and . . . was deeply involved in improving the teaching of mathematics. . . . Whitney's specialty was geometry, particularly topology, including the study of multidimensional surfaces like spheres. He demonstrated, for example, that it is possible to plot a tour of the earth that visits each country once and only once - the Hamiltonian cycle. 

Glenn Fowler, "Hassler Whitney, Geometrician; He Eased 'Mathematics Anxiety,'" New York Times, May 12, 1989.

Dates at IAS
Emeritus
  • Mathematics
7/19775/1989
Faculty
  • Mathematics
9/19526/1977
Degrees
Harvard University Ph.D., 1932
Honors
Honorary D.Sc., Yale University 1947
AMS Colloquium Lecturer 1946
National Medal of Science 1977 Appointments: Member Math Panel, National Defense Res Comm, 1943–45
President, International Committee on Math Instruction, 1979–82
Vice President, AMS 1948–50