Department of Mathematical Sciences

History of Mathematical Sciences at Clemson University

Description of the Mathematics Faculty and Curriculum
(1960-1961)

In 1960-1961, there were 7 graduate assistants: Ernest Armstrong, Ralph Asbury, Beth Ashbrock, Lloyd Gilliam, Bobby Ray Goodman, George Heron, and William Jeffries.

The Mathematics Faculty was:

  • Dawson. Sheldon, Head: BS 1925; MS 1927 Washington State; PhD U. Cal. at Berkeley 1931
  • Percy Armstrong: AB 1919, MA 1920 from Southwestern
  • Al Hind: AB 1934 & MA 1936 Emory University; PhD 1952 Univ. of Georgia
  • Gilbert Miller: AB Birmingham Southern 1931; MA 1933, PhD 1951 Univ. of Florida 1933
  • Ned Coker: BS from USC; MA from UNC 1936; grad. work at Brown & the Univ. of Chicago
  • Marshall Bell: AB 1931 & MA 1936 UNC
  • Charles Kirkwood: AB Lynchburg 1935; MS UGa 1937; additional work at UNC, Duke
  • Jonas Brown: BS 1931 NC State; MA Duke 1948
  • Charles Harden: BS Miss. College 1947; MA Univ. of TN 1949
  • John LaGrone: BS Clemson College; MA Vanderbilt 1934; additional work at Univ. of KY
  • Merrill Palmer: BS Chattanooga; MA Vanderbilt; grad work at Washington U, U. Wisconsin, Pitt
  • Eugene Park: AB from UGa 1939; MA Lehigh 1941; graduate work at the Univ. of Wisconsin
  • Larry Rife: BS North Dakota Agricultural College 1940; MA University of Nebraska 1947
  • Edward Stanley: BS. Tn State 1930; MS Univ. of Tn 1935; work at Peabody, U. Mo.& Mich. S.
  • Charles Stuart: AB Wofford 1920; MA Duke University 1935; additional work at USC
  • John Sullivan: AB 1939, MA 1949 Georgetown; graduate work at UNC
  • Leverne Flatt: BS Bethel College 1949; MA Peabody 1950; graduate work at Vanderbilt and UT.
  • Miss Elaine M. Hundertmark: BS 1942 Fla. State; MA 1943 Univ. of Illinois; work at Duke, Illinois
  • Don King: AB Hanover College 1950; MS Purdue 1952; graduate work at Purdue
  • J.S. Schindler, BS 1958, MS 1959 Oklahoma State
  • Stritzinger: BS U.S. Military Academy 1928; MA Duke University 1959
  • Derrick: AB USC 1923; MA Furman 1939; graduate work at George Peabody, NYU
  • Sue Dunkle: BA Southwestern Louisiana 1934; MA Univ. of Texas 1936; MA Columbia 1940
  • Louise Fulmer: AB Winthrop College 1937
  • Miss Sara E. Hardy: AB Georgia State College for Women 1956; MA Florida State 1957

The department offered a BS degree in Applied Mathematics. The curriculum consisted of Chemistry 101, 102 (or 104); English 101 and 102; History 101 and 102; Freshman Mathematics (2 courses); Economics 201 and 202; English 203 and 204; French or German 201 and 202; Calculus I and II; Physics 211 and 212; Public Speaking; History of Civilization; 451 and 302 Mechanics; 323 Experimental Mechanics; Physics 301 E/M; Math 306, 403, 309, 453/454 and 404; Electromagnetism, and Modern Physics.

Students in Chemistry took two courses in Freshman Mathematics and Calculus I/II. Students in Industrial Mgt. took two courses in Freshman Mathematics and Math 303.

Mathematics courses offered were:

  • 100: Remedial mathematics
  • 103: Algebra and Trigonometry
  • 104: Complex numbers; equations, progressions, probability and analytic geometry
  • 203: Calculus I
  • 204: Calculus II
  • 301: Advanced Algebra
  • 302: Theory of Equations
  • 303: Mathematical Basis of Statistics
  • 306: Ordinary Differential Equations
  • 307: Elementary Partial Differential Equations
  • 309: Theory of Approximations
  • 311: Introduction to Abstract Algebra
  • 401: Mathematical Statistics
  • 450T: Mathematics for Elementary Teachers
  • 451: Vector Analysis
  • 452: Linear Programming
  • 453: Advanced Calculus I
  • 454: Advanced Calculus II
  • 501: Partial Differential Equations
  • 502: Determinants and Matrices
  • 503: Complex Variables I
  • 504: Complex Variables II
  • 505: Numerical Analysis
  • 506: Calculus of Finite Differences
  • 507: Intermediate Differential Equations
  • 508: Fourier Series
  • 509: Operational Mathematics
  • 520: Research
  • 551T: Fundamental Concepts in Mathematics I
  • 552T: Fundamental Concepts in Mathematics II
  • 560: Teaching of Secondary Mathematics

The first graduate of the MS program, Ken Montgomery of Kingstree, turned down a teaching fellowship at the University of Minnesota and an NSF fellowship to Brown University and accepted an aircraft studies fellowship at the University of Southern California. A second MS graduate, Ernest Armstrong, took a job with NASA in Langley Virginia and eventually got a PhD at NC State.

The faculty taught 2700 of the 4100 Clemson students during the year.


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