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George Andrews

 

60. George E. Andrews (1938- )

President 2009-2010

Ph.D. University of Pennsylvania, 1964

George Andrews graduated from Oregon State University in 1960 with simultaneous bachelor's and master's degrees in mathematics. He spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar in Cambridge, England, and then entered graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA) in 1961, where he earned his doctorate in 1964. He worked at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1976-77, after which he went to Cambridge to look for historic works in the Wren Library of Trinity College. There he found pages of mathematical work in Srinivasa Ramanujan's own handwriting. This discovery led to Andrews' spending thirty years on the hundreds of results in what he called Ramanujan’s Lost Notebook. In addition to being a world-renowned expert on Ramanujan's work, Andrews has also been involved in computer algebra and teaching, has given many lectures, was on the committee that wrote problems for the Putnam Exam, and has served on the editorial boards of several mathematics journals and on the AMS Committee on Libraries, AMS Committee on the History of Mathematics, among others. Andrews is a Member of the National Academy of Sciences, and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is currently Evan Pugh Professor of Mathematics at The Pennsylvania State University.

 

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