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James Edward Oliver: Cornell Mathematician and Suffragist

Thursday, October 14, 2021 at 7:00pm to 8:00pm

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Join us for a celebration of the life and work of James Edward Oliver, a nationally renowned mathematician and teacher and a passionate supporter of women’s suffrage in the 19th century. Featured Cornell speakers include Laurent Saloff-Coste, professor of mathematics; Carol Kammen, Tompkins County historian and retired professor of history; and Elaine Engst, retired university archivist.

At Cornell, Oliver chaired the Department of Mathematics from 1871 until his death in 1895. He also helped found the Social Science Club and was a member of the University Ethical Association. As a far-sighted and morally engaged thinker and citizen, he played an important role in local politics and society. He is known for introducing Susan B. Anthony at the Tompkins County Political Equality Convention in 1894. He also taught a popular class in ethics at the Unitarian Church in Ithaca.

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Cornell University Library, Mathematics, Mathematics Library

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cascal, math, history, mathematics, amstcal, calmath



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Henrik Spoon


Laurent Saloff-Coste, Carol Kammen, Elaine Engst

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Cornell University and Tompkins County

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