Lester R. Ford

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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.
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Born (1886-10-25)October 25, 1886
Died November 11, 1967(1967-11-11) (aged 81)
Charlottesville, Virginia
Residence United States
Nationality American
Fields Mathematics
Institutions Rice University, Mathematical Association of America
Alma mater Missouri State University, Harvard University
Doctoral advisor Maxime Bôcher
Doctoral students Edwin Beckenbach
Known for Ford circles
Children L. R. Ford Jr.

Lester Randolph Ford Sr. (October 25, 1886 – November 11, 1967) 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.[1]

Ford circles are named after him.[1] He is the father of L. R. Ford Jr.[1]

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.[1][2][3][4] His doctoral students include Edwin Beckenbach.