University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the S.S. Cairns Collection, 1979



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Cairns, Stewart S. (Stewart Scott)
Title: S.S. Cairns Collection
Dates: 1979
Abstract: Stewart S. Cairns (1904-1982) was a notable mathematician who worked chiefly in the fields of geometry and topology. The collection consists of a transcribed lecture delivered by Cairns for a departmental meeting of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Mathematics on August 30, 1979.
Accession No.: 2006-240
Extent: 1/8 inch
Laguage: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

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.


Scope and Contents

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


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

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Index Terms

Cairns, Stewart S. (Stewart Scott)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dept. of Mathematics.
Topology— History
Mathematicians

Administrative Information

Collection History

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

Preferred Citation

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


Detailed Description of the Papers

 
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4RM198 S.S. Cairns, "Reflections of a Septuagenarian Mathematician," 1979