A Guide to the William Howard Oral History Collection, 1973, 1990-2003
William Howard is a mathematician and logician, best known for his work in proof theory. He received his PhD from the University of Chicago (1956), where he studied under Saunders Mac Lane and André Weil. Howard was a professor of mathematical logic and the history of mathematics at Pennsylvania State University and the University of Illinois at Chicago.
The William Howard Oral History Collection (1973, 1990-2003) is comprised of materials from a series of oral history interviews of William Howard, conducted by Amy Shell-Gellasch, one of his students. An edited version of the interview was published by Shell-Gellasch as “Reflections of My Adviser: Stories of Mathematics and Mathematicians” in The Mathematical Intelligencer (2003).
The collection contains interview transcripts, autobiographical handwritten notes by Howard, correspondence between Howard and Shell-Gellasch, background material on Howard’s life and the mathematicians with whom he interacted, and a copy of a letter that Howard sent to Kurt Gödel. Also included are an audiocassette and floppy disk from Shell-Gellasch’s interviews with Howard.
Among the prominent mathematicians mentioned in Howard’s interviews and notes are Paul Cohen, Kurt Gödel, Paul Halmos, Georg Kreisel, Saunders Mac Lane, Stanley Tannenbaum, and André Weil.
Forms part of the Archives of American Mathematics.
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William Howard Oral History Collection, 1973, 1990-2003, Archives of American Mathematics, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.
This collection was processed by Elliot Williams, October 2012.
Detailed Description of the Papers