E. T. Parker

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E. T. Parker
Alma materOhio State University
Known forEuler's conjecture
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Illinois
Doctoral advisorMarshall Hall Jr.

Ernest Tilden Parker (1926–1991) was a professor emeritus of the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. He is notable for his breakthrough work along with R. C. Bose and S. S. Shrikhande in their disproof of the famous conjecture made by Leonhard Euler dated 1782 that there do not exist two mutually orthogonal latin squares of order for every .[2] He was at that time employed in the UNIVAC division of Remington Rand, but he subsequently joined the mathematics faculty at t University of Illinois. In 1968, he and a Ph.D. student, K. B. Reid, disproved a conjecture on tournaments by Paul Erdős and Leo Moser.

Parker received his Ph.D. for work 'On Quadruply Transitive Groups' at Ohio State University in 1957; his advisor was Marshall Hall Jr.[3][4]

Selected works[edit]

  • Bose, R. C.; Shrikhande, S. S.; Parker, E. T. (1960), "Further results on the construction of mutually orthogonal Latin squares and the falsity of Euler's conjecture", Canadian Journal of Mathematics, 12: 189–203, doi:10.4153/CJM-1960-016-5, MR 0122729.
  • Reid, K. B.; Parker, E. T. (1970), "Disproof of a conjecture of Erdős and Moser on tournaments", Journal of Combinatorial Theory, 9 (3): 225–238, doi:10.1016/S0021-9800(70)80061-8, MR 0274328.


  1. ^ Colbourn, C.J.; Dinitz, J.H. (2010). Handbook of Combinatorial Designs, Second Edition. CRC Press. p. 22. ISBN 9781439832349. Retrieved 2015-04-08.
  2. ^ Osmundsen, John A. (April 26, 1959), "Major Mathematical Conjecture Propounded 177 Years Ago Is Disproved", The New York Times. Scan of full article.
  3. ^ Ernest Tilden Parker at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  4. ^ Marshall Hall, Jr. (1989), "Mathematical Biography", in Duren, Peter L.; Askey, Richard; Merzbach, Uta C. (eds.), A Century of mathematics in America, American Mathematical Society, p. 371, ISBN 978-0-8218-0124-6.