William S. Hatcher

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William S. Hatcher (1935–2005) was a mathematician, philosopher, educator and a member of the Baháʼí Faith.[1] He held a doctorate in mathematics from the University of Neuchatel, Switzerland, and bachelor's and master's degrees from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. A specialist in the philosophical alloying of science and religion, for over thirty years he held university positions in North America, Europe, and Russia.


He was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, United States on 20 September 1935, and died on 27 November 2005.

Work and achievements[edit]

Hatcher is one of eight Platonist philosophers listed for the second half of the twentieth century in the Encyclopedie Philosophique Universelle.

Hatcher was the author of over fifty monographs, books, and articles in the mathematical sciences, logic and philosophy. Among the publications of which he is author or coauthor are:

Relationship to the Baháʼí Faith[edit]

He served on National Spiritual Assembly of the Baha'is of Canada (1983–91) as well as on the inaugural National Spiritual Assemblies of Switzerland (1962–65) and the Russian Federation (1996). He lived in Russia from 1993 to 1998. He was also a founding member of the Association for Baháʼí Studies.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ Reprint of open letter to fellow students on conversion – Pamphlet copyright 1965, National Spiritual Assembly of the Bahá'ís of the United States of America, Bahá'á�í Publishing Trust, Wilmette, Illinois
  2. ^ Reviews of The Foundations of Mathematics:
    • Nelson, D., Mathematical Reviews, MR 0237320{{citation}}: CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Engeler, Erwin (January 1970), The American Mathematical Monthly, 77 (1): 90, doi:10.2307/2316880, JSTOR 2316880{{citation}}: CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Corcoran, John (March 1972), Philosophy of Science, 39 (1): 88–90, doi:10.1086/288415, JSTOR 186599{{citation}}: CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
    • Barr, J. (March 1974), The American Mathematical Monthly, 81 (3): 299–301, doi:10.2307/2319549, JSTOR 2319549{{citation}}: CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
  3. ^ Review of Absolute Algebra:
    • Ježek, Jaroslav (1980), Mathematical Reviews, MR 0509332{{citation}}: CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)
  4. ^ Reviews of The Logical Foundations of Mathematics:
  5. ^ Review of Logic and Logos:
    • Nusseibeh, Sari; Nuchelmans, Gabriel; Rodriguez-Consuegra, Francisco A.; Lolli, G.; Henry, D.P.; Jeffry Pelletier, Francis; Rousspoulos, George; Woleński, J.; Smith, B.; Simons, Peter (January 1992), History and Philosophy of Logic, 13 (1): 115–132, doi:10.1080/01445349208837198{{citation}}: CS1 maint: untitled periodical (link)


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