Benedict, Harry Yandell, 1869-1937

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Harry Yandell Benedict (1869-1937) was a mathematician, astronomer and educator. He served as the tenth president of the University of Texas from 1927 until his death. Benedict belonged to many academic societies and authored several books. He was instrumental in the building of the McDonald Observatory. Benedict Hall on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin, is named for him.

From the description of Benedict, Harry Yandell, papers, 1855-1940. (University of Texas Libraries). WorldCat record id: 70586404

Yandell Benedict served in World War II and spent approximately seven months as a prisoner of war in Germany. He is the second son of former University of Texas President, Harry Yandell Benedict.

From the description of Benedict, Harry Y., Jr., World War II Reminiscence, circa 1986. (University of Texas Libraries). WorldCat record id: 264741058

Mathematics and astronomy.

From the description of Papers, 1895-1989 (bulk) (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 79715492

Harry Yandell Benedict was born on November 14, 1869, in Louisville, Kentucky. In 1877 he moved to Texas with his mother and brother, Carl, to live on land along the Brazos River in Young and Stephens counties.

Benedict enrolled in the University of Texas on examination in February 1889 and received a bachelor's degree with honors in civil engineering in 1892, and a Master of Arts degree in 1893. He was employed as an assistant at the McCormick Observatory at the University of Virginia from 1893 to 1895. In 1898, he studied at Harvard University where he received a Ph.D. in mathematical astronomy.

Benedict was in charge ad interim of mathematics and astronomy at Vanderbilt University in 1899. Later that same year, he left Vanderbilt and joined the University of Texas faculty as a mathematics instructor. He became a professor of applied mathematics and astronomy in 1907. From 1909 to 1911 he was director of extension. In 1911 he was promoted to dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. In 1927 he became the tenth president of the University of Texas. He was the first ex-student to become president and he occupied that office longer than anyone else in the University's history. During his administration, President Benedict oversaw a major building construction program that added 15 new buildings to the campus, including construction of the McDonald Observatory.

President Benedict was the author of several books. He wrote Unified Mathematics with two other mathematicians (1915). With John A. Lomax, he wrote Book of Texas in 1916. He also completed A Source Book of Legislative History of the University of Texas in 1917 and Peregrinusings in 1924. At the time of his death, he was writing a history of the University of Texas.

President Benedict was a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and president of the Texas Academy of Science. He held memberships in many professional organizations including the American Mathematical Society and the American Astronomical Society. Benedict was awarded honorary doctor of laws degrees from Baylor University in 1920 and from Southwestern University in 1929. He died on May 10, 1937. Benedict Hall, located on the University of Texas at Austin campus, was named in his honor in April 1953.

From: Berry, Margaret C. “Benedict, Harry Yandell (1869-1937),” Handbook of Texas Online .

From the guide to the Harry Yandell Benedict Papers, [62-30; 64-31; 65-103; 89-355; 2005-116]., 1855-1865, 1874-1940, (Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin)

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referencedIn Batts (Robert Lynn) Papers, 1820-1935, 1949 Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin
referencedIn Taylor, Bride Neill, 1858-1937. Taylor, Bride Neill, papers, 1840, 1864, [1880s]-1937 University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
creatorOf Benedict, Harry Yandell, 1869-1937. Benedict, Harry Yandell, papers, 1855-1940. University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Taylor, Bride Neill, papers 1934; 1940., 1840, 1864, [1880s]-1937 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
creatorOf University of Texas. Correspondence with Paul Philippe Cret, 1931-1940. University of Pennsylvania Libraries, Van Pelt Library
referencedIn Texas War Records Collection Organization. Texas War Records Collection, 1916-1919, 1940-1951 University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Crane, Edward, 1883-1959. Crane, Edward, papers, 1883-1963. University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Texas War Records Collection 93-331; 87-57; 82-115; 82-110; 81-53., 1916-1919, 1940-1951 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
referencedIn William James Battle Papers, 1870-1959 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
referencedIn Dobie, J. Frank (James Frank), 1888-1964. J. Frank Dobie, reminiscences. Austin Public Library, John Henry Faulk Central Library
referencedIn Battle, William James, 1870-1955. Battle, William James, papers, 1870-1959. University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
referencedIn Texas Academy of Science, Records, 1892-1943 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
creatorOf Benedict, Harry Yandell, 1869-1937. Papers, 1895-1989 (bulk) American Institute of Physics, Niels Bohr Library
referencedIn Batts, R. L. (Robert Lynn), 1864-1935. Batts, Robert Lynn, papers, 1885-1935. University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
creatorOf Benedict, Harry Y., Jr. Benedict, Harry Y., Jr., World War II Reminiscence, circa 1986. University of Texas Libraries, University of Texas Libraries
creatorOf Harry Yandell Benedict Papers, [62-30; 64-31; 65-103; 89-355; 2005-116]., 1855-1865, 1874-1940 Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin .
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Austin (Tex.)
Nacogdoches, Texas
Nacogdoches (Tex.)
Austin, Texas
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Methodist Episcopal Church, South
UT Administrative Council
UT McDonald Observatory
UT, History of
Clergy
Texas. Legislature. Thirty-fifth Congress
Texas Rural Communities, Incorporated
Mathematics
Astronomy
UT - Athletics and athletic facilities
Benedict, Carl Stone, Scholarship Fund
UT--Presidents
Texas. Legislature. Thirty-eighth Congress
Texas. Legislature. Thirty-ninth Congress
Texas. Legislature. Forty-first Congress
World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American
Celestial mechanics
UT--Legislation
McDonald Observatory--History--Sources
UT College of Arts and Sciences
Hydrostatics
UT Board of Regents
Number theory
Differential equations
World War, 1939-1945--Prisoners and prisons
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