Lester R. Ford

Lester Randolph Ford Sr. (October 25, 1886 – November 11, 1967) was an American mathematician, editor of the ''American Mathematical Monthly'' from 1942 to 1946, and President of the Mathematical Association of America from 1947 to 1948.

Ford circles are named after him. He is the father of L. R. Ford Jr.

Ford’s first degree, Bachelor of Pedagogy, was from a Normal school in Missouri. He then attended Missouri State University, graduating with a B. A. in 1911. For graduate work he went to University of Missouri, Columbia and Harvard University in 1912 and 13. Ford was then called to Scotland, where in 1914 he was instructor of mathematics at University of Edinburgh. Games of chess on campus gave Ford some social contact and reputation. In 1915 Ford published ''An Introduction to the Theory of Automorphic Functions'' as Edinburgh Mathematical Tract # 6.

Returning to Harvard in 1917, Ford was awarded his Ph.D. for the thesis ''Rational Approximations to an Irrational Complex Number''.

Later Ford joined the faculty of Rice Institute in Houston, Texas. There he married Marguerite Eleanor John on 15 June 1924.

Moving north to Chicago, Ford taught at Armour Institute, soon to become Illinois Institute of Technology. From there he went to the editorship of The American Mathematical Monthly during World War II. Ford was president of the Mathematical Association of America for 1947,8.

In 1964, the MAA recognised his contribution to mathematics by establishing the Lester R. Ford Awards for authors of articles of expository excellence published in ''The American Mathematical Monthly'' or ''Mathematics Magazine''. (The prize is now known as the Paul R. Halmos - Lester R. Ford Awards.) His doctoral students include Edwin Beckenbach. Provided by Wikipedia

by Ford, Lester Randolph
Published 1962
Princeton University Press