University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Ralph E. Lane Papers, 1940-1969, 1991 and undated



Descriptive Summary

Creator Lane, Ralph E., 1911-1962.
Title Ralph E. Lane Papers
Dates: 1940-1969, 1991 and undated
Abstract This collection documents the research and teaching of Ralph E. Lane (1911-1962) at the University of Texas at Austin Department of Mathematics and Military Physics Research Laboratory.
Accession No. 2003-036
Extent 7 in.
Language Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Ralph E. Lane (1911-1962) was a statistician and professor at the University of Texas at Austin. From 1933 to 1947 Lane worked for Flitcraft Inc., first as a statistician and then vice president. Lane received his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 1950 and continued to teach at the University where he remained until his death in 1962.


Scope and Contents

This collection documents the research and teaching of Ralph E. Lane at the University of Texas at Austin Department of Mathematics and Military Physics Research Laboratory. The papers consist of manuscripts, technical reports, and teaching notes reflecting Lane's interest in integration, probability and statistics, linear operators, and number theory.

Forms part of the Archives of American Mathematics.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Restricted access. Access to student grades in this collection is restricted. All other materials are open.

Use Restrictions

This collection is stored remotely at CDL. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.


Index Terms

Subjects
Lane, Ralph E., 1911-1962 -- Archives.
University of Texas at Austin. Dept. of Mathematics.
Linear operators.
Mathematics -- Study and teaching -- United States.
Number theory.
Probability and statistics.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Ralph E. Lane Papers, 1940-1969, 1991 and undated, Archives of American Mathematics, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.


Detailed Description of the Collection

 

Correspondence:

Box
2003-036/1 Land-Air Inc., [includes notes], 1959-1961
Letter from Katherine Lane describing passive solar house, one of the first in Austin, 1991



 

Manuscripts:

Box
2003-036/1 "The Fifth Rational Operation," [includes letter from Lane to unidentified man], 1940 and undated
"Foundations of a System of Numbers," "The First Four Rational Operations," January 1940 and undated
"Foundations of the Number Systems," February 22, 1941
"The First Three Rational Operations, "Absolute Convergence of Continued Fractions" [includes corrected proofs], undated
"The First Four Rational Operations," handwritten manuscript, undated
"Mathematics and American Universities," "Mathematicians and Their Education," undated



 

Reports:

Box
2003-036/1 Military Physics Research Laboratory (MPRL) at the University of Texas:
Reports by Lane and others, 1958-1962
Material on low pais operators and spectral analysis, 1958-1959 and undated
U. S. Army Mathematics Research Center, report by Lane, November 1963
References, articles and other material, undated



 

Notes:

Box
2003-036/1 Chinese abacus, slide rules, etc., undated
"Lab," mathematical notes and drawings, undated



 
Box
2003-036/1 Dissertation, "Sequences of Points in the Complex Plane," 1950



 

Professional:

Box
2003-036/1 Correspondence, printed material, teaching preferences, lists of definitions and terms, resume, class problems, etc., 1957-1963 and undated



 
Box
2003-036/1 "Social Security Calculator" slide rule, ca. 1940



 

Teaching materials:

Box
2003-036/2 Calculus, 3.1-3.3, undated
Functions 1, undated
Functions 2, undated
Functions 3, undated
Integrals 1, undated
Integrals 2, undated
Number systems 2, undated
Stieltjes integrals, undated
"Course Records," "2. Matrices" page 3 and 4, "M.321 3.1 3. Functions and Graphs…," undated
"Mr. Barthel," M645b, M678b, May 31, 1966 [?]
M321.1, 1.1, 1.2, 4.3, project, undated
366.1, "1. Differences," "Problems," undated
M645b, "Continued Fraction Expansions for the Exponential Function, "Continued Fraction Expansions for the Probability Integral," "Lemma 2.6…," undated
646.5, "4. Q Transformations…," "Theorem 5.3…," "Lemma 3.2a…," "Theorem 2.5…," "M613, p.3.1, Problems…," "Trigonometric Functions," "Properties of the Exponential," "M.321, 4.1, 4. Integrals…," undated
676 [?], "Algebra of Points in the Plane," "Operators for Smoothing Data…," "2. Some properties of q operators…," December 1955 and undated
M678a, "9. Independently distributed chance variables," undated



 

Restricted:

Box
2003-036/2 Student grades, 1959-1969