A Guide to the James W. Brewer Papers, 1968-2003
James Brewer (1942-2006) was a notable mathematician in the field of communtative algebra. After receiving his Ph.D. in mathematics in 1968 from Florida State University under the direction of Robert Gilmer, Brewer taught at several universities, including Virginia Polytechnic Institute (1968-1970), University of Kansas (1971-1985) and Florida Atlantic University (1985-2003). He wrote and contributed to a number of publications in communtative algebra, including Emmy Noether: A Tribute to Her Life and Work (1981), Power Series over Communtative Rings (1981), and Linear Systems over Communtative Rings (1986). In addition to his mathematical pursuits, Brewer was also a sportsman, running several marathons and ultra-marathons in South Africa in the 1980s, an active golfer, and avidly followed college football.
Handwritten and typed correspondence and printed emails received by James Brewer from 1968 to 2003. The correspondence documents Brewer's family life, hobbies, work as a representative on the CUPM (Committee on the Undergraduate Program in Mathematics) from 1969-1970, and most notably his collaboration with other mathematicians in the field of communtative algebra, largely with Doug Costa (1973-1991), Robert Gilmer (1968-1991), and William Heinzer (1969-1992). Among the correspondents are a number of other notable algebrists, including Irving Kaplansky, Masayoshi Nagata, and Jean Dieudonné. The papers are arranged alphabetically by correspondent, and then chronologically according to date.
Forms part of the Archives of American Mathematics
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James W. Brewer Papers, 1968-2003, Archives of American Mathematics, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
Detailed Description of the Papers