William Fogg Osgood

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
William Fogg Osgood
William Fogg Osgood.jpg
Born (1864-03-10)March 10, 1864
Boston, Massachusetts
Died July 22, 1943(1943-07-22) (aged 79)
Belmont, Massachusetts
Resting place Forest Hills Cemetery, Boston
Nationality American
Fields Mathematics
Institutions Harvard University, Friedrich-Alexander-University, Erlangen-Nuremberg
Alma mater Harvard University, University of Göttingen, Friedrich-Alexander-University, Erlangen-Nuremberg
Doctoral students David Raymond Curtiss
Known for Complex analysis, conformal mapping, calculus of variations
Spouse Teresa Osgood, Celeste Phelpes Morse
Children 3

William Fogg Osgood (March 10, 1864, Boston - July 22, 1943, Belmont, Massachusetts) was an American mathematician, born in Boston.

In 1886, he graduated from Harvard, where, after studying at the universities of Göttingen (1887–1889) and Erlangen (Ph.D., 1890), he was instructor (1890–1893), assistant professor (1893–1903), and thenceforth professor of mathematics. He became professor emeritus in 1933. Osgood was chairman of the department of mathematics in Harvard from 1918 to 1922.

From 1899 to 1902, he served as editor of the Annals of Mathematics and in 1904–1905 was president of the American Mathematical Society, whose Transactions he edited in 1909–1910. In 1904, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences.

The works of Osgood dealt with complex analysis, in particular conformal mapping and uniformization of analytic functions, and calculus of variations. He was invited by Felix Klein to write an article on complex analysis in the Enzyklopädie der mathematischen Wissenschaften which was later expanded in the book Lehrbuch der Funktionentheorie. Besides his research on analysis, Osgood was also interested in mathematical physics and wrote on the theory of the gyroscope.

Osgood's cousin, Louise Osgood, was the mother of Bernard Koopman.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ See his obituary by Morse (1982).

Works by W. F. Osgood[edit]

Osgood's books include:


External links[edit]

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainGilman, D. C.; Thurston, H. T.; Moore, F., eds. (1905). "article name needed". New International Encyclopedia (1st ed.). New York: Dodd, Mead.