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Descriptive Summary

Scope and Content

Organization

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

General correspondence:

Research and writing:

Conferences and lectures:

Faculty activities:

Teaching

Archives of American Mathematics:

R. L. Moore - Biographical and Memorial Items

National Academy of Sciences:

Other professional activities:

Personal:

Publications by others (some annotated):

Photographs:

University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

R. H. Bing Papers, 1934-1986



Descriptive Summary

Creator Bing, R. H.
Title: R. H. Bing Papers,
Dates: 1934-1986
Abstract: Papers document the career of R. H. Bing (1914-1986) in geometric topology, largely as Professor of Mathematics at the University of Texas at Austin (1973-1986). Included are correspondence, research and lecture notes, drafts of publications, teaching material, memoranda, reports, newspaper clippings, preprints, and reprints.
Accession Number: 94-208
Extent: 4 ft., 10 in.; manuscript, typescript, printed.
Language Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

R. H. Bing was born in Oakwood, Texas, on October 20, l914. He graduated from Southwest Texas State Teachers College, San Marcos, in 1935 and, after several years as a high school mathematics teacher, commenced graduate study at the University of Texas at Austin under R. L. Moore, receiving his doctorate in 1945. In 1947 he moved to the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he remained until returning to the University of Texas in 1973. Bing was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1965 (council member, 1970-1980), and was a member of the National Science Board (1968-1974) and of the National Research Council governing board (1977-1980). Bing was active in several mathematical organizations, including the Mathematical Association of America (president, 1963-1964), the American Mathematical Society (president, 1977-1978), the Council Board for the Mathematical Sciences (chairman, 1965-1966), the Mathematical Sciences Section of the National Academy of Sciences (chairman, 1970-1973), and the Division of Mathematical Sciences of the National Research Council (1967-1969). In 1974 he received the Mathematical Association of America Award for Distinguished Service to Mathematics.

Bing's research concentrated on the geometric topology of 3-manifolds, particularly their pathology. His side approximation theorem for 2-spheres in Euclidean 3-space and his "Bing shrinking" procedure have been generalized to higher dimensional manifolds. Bing summarized the field in his The Geometric Topology of 3-Manifolds (1983).

Source: Anderson, R. D. and C. E. Burgess, "R. H. Bing, October 20, 1914 - April 28, 1986," Notices of the American Mathematical Society, 33 (Aug. 1986):595-596.

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Scope and Content

The Bing papers primarily contain material from his years at the University of Texas at Austin (1973-1986). Bing's work in preserving the memory and papers of Robert Lee Moore (7 in.), records of the formation of the Archives of American Mathematics (1974-86; 4 in.), and the preparation of an unpublished Moore memorial volume (1973-80; 12 in.) are included. Bing's many services to the scientific and mathematical communities are documented by records of his work for the National Academy of Sciences and the National Research Council (1967-86; 3 in.), and for topology conferences and institutes (1965-86; 2 in.). Documentation of Bing's membership in the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America is sparse. Bing's topological work is chiefly reflected in manuscript material and dittoed preprints (with annotations) of his The Geometric Topology of 3-Manifolds (1983).

Forms part of the Archives of American Mathematics.

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Organization

Organized into twelve series:
General Correspondence
Research and Writing
Conferences and Lectures
Faculty Activities
Teaching
Archives of American Mathematics
R. L. Moore - Biographical and Memorial Items
National Academy of Sciences
Other Professional Activities
Personal
Publications by Others
Photographs

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

A portion of these papers is stored remotely at CDL. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval. Photographs are stored on-site.

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Index Terms

Bing, R. H.
Moore, R. L. (Robert Lee), 1882-
University of Texas at Austin. Dept. of Mathematics
University of Texas at Austin. Archives of American Mathematics
National Academy of Sciences (U. S.), Section of Mathematics
Topology

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Related Material

A portion of R. H. Bing's papers are in the Archives of Southwest Texas State University.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

R. H. Bing Papers, 1934-1986, Archives of American Mathematics, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

General correspondence:

Box
94-208/1 1979-1986
Box
88-1/1 1984-85

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Research and writing:

Box
88-1/1 Preprints and reprints
1948-1959
1960-1967
1968-1971
1971-1981
"Award for Distinguished Service to Professor Raymond L. Wilder" correspondence, drafts, proofs, 1973
Box
88-1/2 Papers submitted for publication,correspondence, manuscripts, 1985-1986
"Topology of 3-Manifolds," dittoed copies with annotations and comments
Research notes and drafts (some related to The Geometric Topology of 3-Manifolds), 1983
Box
88-1/3 Grant application, 1980

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Conferences and lectures:

Box
88-1/3 Summer Research Institute, 1965-1967
Proposed mathematics research institute, 1978
Topology conferences, 1979-1986
Topology Summer Conference, 1980:
General 1980
Box
4RM11 "Rogue's Gallery," polaroid portraits [98-204] 1980
Box
98-204/1 Southwest Texas State Topology Conference honoring R. H. Bing, 1984
Box
88-1/3 Lectures, 1985-1986

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Faculty activities:

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94-208/1 University of Wisconsin, salaries, 1967-1973
Box
88-1/3 Bing Fellowship, 1985-1986
University of Texas at Austin Mathematics Award, 1974-1976
University of Texas Mathematics Department, memos, correspondence, 1977, 1985-1986

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Teaching

Box
88-1/4 Handouts, examinations, evaluations, (University of Wisconsin) 1981-1986, and undated
Box
2010-054/1 Recommendations [files donated by Albert C. Lewis, April 2007], 1977-1979, 1985-1986

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Archives of American Mathematics:

Box
88-1/4 Correspondence and memos, 1974-1978
Correspondence and memos, 1979
Joint Fact-Finding Committee on Archives, 1979
Correspondence and memos, 1980-1986

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R. L. Moore - Biographical and Memorial Items

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88-1/5 Memorial Resolution, obituaries, biographical articles (with correspondence), 1975-1985
Forced retirement, 1969
D. Forbes' teaching method study, 1969-1981
Preservation of Moore home, 1975-1978
R. L. Moore Instructorship
Correspondence and memos, 1975-1981
Records of donations, 1976-1978
"R. L. Moore" (unpublished book):
Box
88-1/6 Correspondence, plans, background material, 1973-1980
Chapters by R. E. Greenwood and R. L. Wilder, correspondence and drafts
Chapter by Lucille Whyburn, correspondence and drafts
Correspondence relating to the University of Texas Press, 1976-1980
Typescripts of introductory chapters, and photocopies of Moore reprints and photographs
Box
88-1/7 Copy I
Box
88-1/8 Copy II

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National Academy of Sciences:

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88-1/8 Department of Defence (Anti-war scientists), 1968
Stephen Smale, 1966-1968
Box
88-1/9 Final Report of the National Board on Graduate Education, 1975
Memos and correspondence, 1974-1986
National Research Council, 1967-1971

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Other professional activities:

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88-1/9 Mathematical Association of America, 1985-1986
American Mathematical Society, 1976-1986
National Science Foundation proposal reviews, 1985
Box
94-208/1 Southwest Texas State University, R. H. Bing Collection and endowed fund for mathematics, 1985 and undated

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Personal:

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94-208/1 General, 1939-1948, 1979 and undated
Awards:
American Mathematical Monthly Award for Distinguished Service, February 1974
Mathematical Association of America Award for Distinguished Service to Mathematics, 1974
Distinguished Alumnus Award, Southwest Texas State University, 1979-1980
Honorary degree from Kenyon College, 1980
Distinguished alumnus conference and exhibit, Southwest Texas State University, 1984:
Manuscript material, 1984
Box
4RM11 Photographs, black and white, 1984
Box
94-208/1 [Unidentified award/retirement], tributes from Bing's secretaries, April 10, 1985 and undated
Other honors, 1971-1988 and undated
Clippings, undated
Diplomas and certificates:
box
94-208/1 Diplomas and certificates, 1935-1956
box
4RM55a Oversized diplomas, 1938, 1945
Box
94-208/1 Mathematical descendants, 1977
Lists of publications, 1972 and undated
Notes, undated
Polska Akademia Nauk [Polish Academy of Sciences], empty portfolio, undated
Scrapbooks:
Scrapbook one [red scrapbook]:
Manuscript material, 1951-1977
Box
4RM11 Photographs:
General, 1966, 1978 and undated
R. L. Moore building dedication, 1973
Box
94-208/1 Scrapbook two [green scrapbook]:
Manuscript material, 1965-1986 and undated
Box
94-208/2 Manuscript material, 1965-1986 and undated
Box
4RM11 Photographs, [includes photograph of Bing with LBJ], November 1969 and undated
Box
94-208/2 Unfiled printed mateiral, correspondence, and notes, 1939, 1973-1984 and undated
Box
88-1/9 Curriculum vita and reprint distribution data

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Publications by others (some annotated):

Box
88-1/9 A - B
Box
88-1/10 F - Haken
Hutchinson - M
Moise, E. E.
P - Z

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Box
4RM11 Photographs:
Black and white, 1934-1973 and undated
Color, 1969-1986 and undated

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