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Edward Burr Van Vleck


12. Edward Burr Van Vleck (1863-1943)

President, 1913-1914

Ph.D. University of Göttingen, Germany, 1893

Van Vleck was greatly influenced by his study under Felix Klein at the University of Göttingen. He returned to the U.S. to teach at Wesleyan University, and then at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he remained until he retired. The university's math building, Van Vleck Hall, is named in his honor. Most of Van Vleck's publications were in the theory of functions and differential equations. Van Vleck was a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences.

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