William C. Waterhouse

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William Charles Waterhouse (December 31, 1941 – June 26, 2016) was an American mathematician. He was a professor emeritus of Mathematics at Pennsylvania State University.[1] His research interests included abstract algebra, number theory, group schemes, and the history of mathematics.[1] He edited the 1966 English translation of Gauss's Disquisitiones Arithmeticae[2] and was the author of the textbook Introduction to Affine Group Schemes.[3]

In both 1961 and 1962, Waterhouse (at that time an undergraduate at Harvard University) earned a Putnam Fellowship as one of the top five competitors on the William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition;[4] with his 1962 performance, he led his school to a third-place team award.[5] He received his Ph.D. in 1968 from Harvard, for work on abelian varieties under the supervision of John Tate,[6][7] and took a faculty position at Cornell University.[7] In 1975 he moved to Penn State.[7]

Waterhouse has won the Lester R. Ford Award of the Mathematical Association of America twice, in 1984 for his paper "Do Symmetric Problems Have Symmetric Solutions?"[7] and in 1995 for his paper "A Counterexample for Germain".[8]

Personal life[edit]

Waterhouse died on June 26, 2016, in State College, Pennsylvania.[9]


  1. ^ a b PSU Mathematics Department - Faculty, retrieved 2010-02-06.
  2. ^ Reprinted in 1986 by Springer-Verlag, ISBN 978-0-387-96254-2.
  3. ^ Graduate Texts in Mathematics 66, Springer-Verlag, 1979, ISBN 978-0-387-90421-4.
  4. ^ The Mathematical Association of America's William Lowell Putnam Competition, retrieved 2010-02-06.
  5. ^ "Three Math Students Win Third in Contest", The Harvard Crimson, March 16, 1963.
  6. ^ William Charles Waterhouse at the Mathematics Genealogy Project.
  7. ^ a b c d MAA Writing Awards: Do Symmetric Problems Have Symmetric Solutions?, 1984.
  8. ^ MAA Writing Awards: A Counterexample for Germain.
  9. ^ "William C. Waterhouse Obituary", Centre Daily Times, June 29, 2016.