Curry, Haskell B. (Haskell Brooks), 1900-1982

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Birth 1900-09-12
Death 1982-09-01

Biographical notes:

Curry earned his Harvard AB in 1920 and his AM in 1924.

From the description of The fundamental properties of geodesics. 1926. (Harvard University). WorldCat record id: 77075715

Haskell Brooks Curry was born in Millis, Massachusetts on September 12, 1900. His father, Samuel Silas Curry, was the founder of Curry College in Boston. Dr. Curry received his undergraduate degree in 1920 and master's degree in physics in 1924 from Harvard University. He received a doctorate in mathematics from the University of Göttingen, Germany in 1930. He also studied electrical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1920 to 1922. While a graduate student at Harvard, he worked as a research assistant to Dr. P.W. Bridgman, the 1946 Nobel Prize winner in physics. He came to Penn State as an assistant professor in 1929. In 1933, he was appointed an associate professor and attained the rank of full professor in 1941. In 1960, he was one of the first two professors named by the Penn State Board of Trustees as Evan Pugh Professors. He retired with emeritus rank in 1966. Dr. Curry was a well known mathematician who specialized in areas of applied mathematics and symbolic logic. While on the faculty, he developed the beginnings of what has become known as an important development in modern mathematical logic. Dr. Curry was an avid bird watcher, having documented nearly 150,000 separate birds over a fifty year span. He wrote several books including Combinatory Logic and Foundations of Mathematical Logic. Dr. Curry died at the age of 81.

From the description of Haskell B. Curry papers, 1911-1984. (Pennsylvania State University Libraries). WorldCat record id: 244444621


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