Clarence Raymond Adams

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Clarence Raymond Adams
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Adams (right) at the ICM 1932
BornApril 10, 1898
DiedOctober 15, 1965 (1965-10-16) (aged 67)
Alma materBrown University
Harvard University
Scientific career
InstitutionsBrown University
Doctoral advisorG. D. Birkhoff
Doctoral studentsAnthony Morse
James A. Clarkson

Clarence Raymond Adams (April 10, 1898 – October 15, 1965) was an American mathematician who worked on partial difference equations.

He entered Brown University in the fall of 1915 and graduated in 1918. Adams received his PhD in 1922 from Harvard University under the direction of G. D. Birkhoff. On August 17, 1922, he married Rachel Blodgett, who earned a PhD from Radcliffe College in 1921. As a Sheldon Traveling Fellow of Harvard University, he studied at the Sapienza University of Rome under Tullio Levi-Civita and at the University of Göttingen under Richard Courant. In 1923 Adams returned to Brown University as an instructor, then became a full professor in 1936 and eventually chair of the mathematics department from 1942 to 1960. In 1965 he retired and died on October 15 of that same year.[1][2]


  • "The general theory of a class of linear partial q-difference equations". Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 26 (3): 283–312. 1924. doi:10.1090/s0002-9947-1924-1501279-2.
  • "On the linear ordinary q-difference equations". Ann. Math. 30: 195–205. 1929.
  • "On the linear partial q-difference equations of general type". Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 31: 360–371. 1929. doi:10.1090/s0002-9947-1929-1501487-5.
  • "Linear q-difference equations". Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 37 (6): 361–400. 1931. doi:10.1090/s0002-9904-1931-05162-4. MR 1562160.
  • "Transformations of double sequences with application to Cesàro summability of double series". Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 37 (10): 741–748. 1931. doi:10.1090/s0002-9904-1931-05258-7. MR 1562249.


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