Rosser, J. Barkley (John Barkley), 1907-

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J. Barkley Rosser was born in Jacksonville, Florida in 1907. He earned both his Bachelor of Science (1929) and Master of Science (1931) from the University of Florida. He obtained his Ph. D. from Princeton University in 1934. Subsequently, Rosser taught at Princeton, Harvard, and Cornell and spent the latter part of his career at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He continued to lecture well into his late 70s, and died at his home in Madison in 1989. Rosser contributed to many committees and professional associations in addition to his teaching: he served as president of the Association for Symbolic Logic and the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics; was a member of the space vehicle panel for the advisory committee of the Apollo project; was an early contributor to computer science theory; and helped develop the Polaris missile. While at the University of Wisconsin, he served as the director of the U.S. Army Mathematics Research Center. His areas of expertise include symbolic logic, ballistics, rocket development, and numerical analysis.

From the description of Rosser, J. Barkley, papers, 1931-1989. (University of Texas Libraries). WorldCat record id: 52626776

J. Barkley Rosser was born in Jacksonville, Florida in 1907. He earned both his Bachelor of Science (1929) and his Master of Science (1931) from the University of Florida. He obtained his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1934. After getting his Ph.D., Rosser taught at Princeton, Harvard, and Cornell and spent the latter part of his career at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He continued to lecture well into his late 70s, and died at his home in Madison in 1989.

Rosser contributed to many committees and professional associations in addition to his teaching: he served as president of the Association for Symbolic Logic and the Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics; was a member of the space vehicle panel for the advisory committee of the Apollo project; was an early contributor to computer science theory; and helped develop the Polaris missile. While at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he served as the director of the U. S. Army Mathematics Research Center. Rosser is known for his part in the Church-Rosser theorem, in lambda calculus, and he developed the Rosser sieve.

His areas of expertise include symbolic logic, ballistics, rocket development, and numerical analysis.

From the guide to the J. Barkley Rosser Papers 91-1., 1931-1989, (Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin)

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referencedIn Price, G. Baley (Griffith Baley), 1905-. [Personal Papers of G. Baley Price] University of Kansas Archives / MSS / Rare Books, Kenneth Spencer Research Library
referencedIn Mathematical Association of America. History of American Mathematics in World War II Committee Records 86-15; 89-8., 1944-1967, 1978-1983 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
creatorOf Mathematical Association of America. History of American Mathematics in World War II Committee. Mathematical Association of America. History of American Mathematics in World War II Committee records, 1943-1983. University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
creatorOf Rosser, J. Barkley, 1907-1989. Rosser, J. Barkley, papers, 1931-1989. University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Lowell Schoenfeld Papers, 94-265., 1965-1969, 1990 Archives of American Mathematics, Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin
referencedIn Personal Papers of G. Baley Price, 1920-1990 University of Kansas Kenneth Spencer Research Library University Archives
creatorOf Kleene, Stephen Cole, 1909-1994,. Oral history interview with Stephen Cole Kleene and J. Barkley Rosser, 1984 Apr. 26. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
creatorOf J. Barkley Rosser Papers 91-1., 1931-1989 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
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Mathematics--Study and teaching
Numerical analysis
Ballistics
Rockets (ordnance)
Magic squares
Number theory
Logic, Symbolic and mathematical
Symbolic and mathematical logic
Mathematics - study and teaching--United States
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Birth 1907-12-06

Death 1989-09-05

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