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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Note

Scope and Contents

Restrictions

Index Terms

Administrative Information

Description of Series

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University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Stephen Hoffman Papers, circa 1950-1960s



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Hoffman, Stephen P.
Title: Stephen Hoffman Papers
Dates: circa 1950-1960s
Abstract: The Stephen Hoffman Papers document Hoffman’s career as a mathematician, particularly as a graduate student at Yale in the early 1950s.
Accession No.: 2013-048
Extent: 8 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

Stephen P. Hoffman, Jr. was an American mathematician. He was born April 10, 1926 in Connecticut, where he attended high school at Norwich Free Academy. His undergraduate and graduate education took place at Yale University, where he received his bachelor’s (1949), master’s (1951), and doctoral (1957) degrees, all in mathematics. His doctoral thesis was entitled “Second-Order Linear Differential Operators Defined By Irregular Boundary Conditions,” which he completed under Shizuo Kakutani and Jacob T. Schwartz.

Hoffman taught at the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn while completing his doctoral work. In 1957, he began teaching at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut. In the mid-1960s, he taught at State University of New York (SUNY) Cortland, possibly serving as chair of the mathematics department from 1967-1968. He moved to Bates College in Lewiston, Maine, in September 1968, where he was hired as chair of the mathematics department. A mathematical analyst, Hoffman taught courses in real analysis, as well as first-year calculus.

Hoffman published several textbooks, including Basic Analysis (1959), Modern Intermediate Algebra with Margaret Frances Willerding (1969), and Advanced Calculus (1970). He was well-known in mathematical circles and was friends with several prominent mathematicians, including Gian-Carlo Rota and Henry Pollak. Upon retiring from Bates in the early 1980s for health reasons, Hoffman moved to Hawaii. He passed away in 1985.

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Scope and Contents

The Stephen Hoffman Papers document Hoffman’s career as a mathematician, particularly as a graduate student at Yale in the early 1950s. The bulk of the collection consists of Hoffman’s notes, both handwritten and typed, from courses he took at Yale. These notes describe courses by Warren Ambrose, G. A. Hedlund, Einar Hille, Nathan Jacobson, and Shizuo Kakutani. Also included for many courses are final examinations and term papers written by Hoffman.

The collection also contains some typed draft manuscripts, including Nathan Jacobson’s Lectures in Abstract Algebra, Vol. 2: Linear Algebra and a work by Hoffman on real variables.

Forms part of the Archives of American Mathematics.

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions

This collection is stored remotely. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Ambrose, Warren A.
Hedlund, Gustav Arnold, 1904-
Hille, Einar, 1894-1979
Hoffman, Stephen P.
Jacobson, Nathan, 1910-1999
Kakutani, Shizuo, 1911-2004
Subjects (Organizations)
Yale University.
Subjects
Mathematics--Study and teaching.

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Stephen Hoffman Papers, circa 1950-1960s, Archives of American Mathematics, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated to the Briscoe Center in 2013 by David Haines, one of Hoffman’s mathematics colleagues at Bates College.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Kristin Law and Elliot Williams, July 2013.

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Detailed Description of the Papers

 

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2013-048/1 Einar Hille, Complex Variables, notes and final exam, circa 1949-1950
G. A. Hedlund, Differential Geometry, notes and final exam, circa 1949-1950
[Mills], Introductory Algebra, notes and final exam, circa 1949-1950
Einar Hille, Analytical Theory of Semi Groups, notes, circa 1950-1951
G. A. Hedlund, Point Set Topology, notes and final exam, circa 1950-1951
Notes and exams, various, 1950-1952, undated
Einar Hille, Fourier Analysis, notes and term paper, circa 1951-1952
Shizuo Kakutani, Topological Groups, notes, circa 1951-1952
Nathan Jacobson, Lie Groups and Algebras, notebook, spring 1953
Shizuo Kakutani, Stochastic Processes, notes, circa 1950s
[Nathan Jacobson, Lectures in Abstract Algebra, Vol. 2: Linear Algebra], typed manuscript draft, circa 1950s
[Warren] Ambrose, Continuous Groups, typed notes, circa 1950s
"Real Variables," notebook, circa 1957-1960s

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