Stewart S. Cairns (1904-1982) was a notable mathematician who worked chiefly in the fields of geometry and topology. After receiving his Ph.D. in mathematics from Harvard University in 1931 for his dissertation, "The Cellular Division and Approximation of Regular Spreads," Cairns went on to teach at several universities including the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he was Professor of Mathematics from 1948 until his retirement in 1972.

Collection consists of a transcribed lecture delivered by S.S. Cairns at a departmental meeting of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Mathematics on August 30, 1979. The primary subject of the talk is Cairns' reminiscence of his travels, education, and mathematical work.

Forms part of the Archives of American Mathematics

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S.S. Cairns Collection, 1979, Archives of American Mathematics, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

This collection was previously housed at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center.