Lester R. Ford
- This is about early- and mid-20th-century mathematician. For his mathematician son, active from the mid-20th century, see L. R. Ford, Jr.
|Lester Randolph Ford, Sr.|
October 25, 1886|
|Died||November 11, 1967
|Institutions||Mathematical Association of America|
|Alma mater||Missouri State University, Harvard University|
|Doctoral advisor||Maxime Bôcher|
|Doctoral students||Edwin Beckenbach|
|Known for||Ford circles|
|Children||Lester R. Ford, Jr.|
Lester Randolph Ford, Sr. (October 25, 1886, Missouri – November 11, 1967, Charlottesville, Virginia) 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.
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. His doctoral students include Edwin Beckenbach.
- Ford, Lester R. (1929), Automorphic functions, New York, McGraw-Hill, ISBN 978-0-8218-3741-2, JFM 55.0810.04
- O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F., "Lester R. Ford", MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, University of St Andrews.
- Lester R. Ford Award
- MAA presidents: Lester Randolph Ford Sr.
- Ritt, J. F. (1930). "Review: Lester R. Ford, Automorphic Functions". Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 36 (1): 35. doi:10.1090/s0002-9904-1930-04880-6.