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]

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