Clarence Abiathar Waldo
Life and career
A member of Sigma Xi and Phi Beta Kappa, he was tutor at the Department of Mathematics of Wesleyan University from 1877 to 1881. Subsequently, he was professor of mathematics (from 1883 to 1891), librarian, and twice Acting President (from 1885 to 1886 and 1888 to 1889) at Rose Polytechnic Institute; professor of mathematics at DePauw University from 1891 to 1895; head professor of mathematics at Purdue University from 1895 to 1898; professor of mathematics (1908 to 1910), Thayer Professor of Mathematics and Applied Mechanics, head of the Department of Mathematics (1910 to 1917), and Professor Emeritus (after 1917) at Washington University.
In 1888 Waldo published A manual of descriptive geometry, with numerous problems.
Waldo was a charter member of the Indiana Academy of Science and served as the Academy's president in 1897. He achieved a modicum of fame that year when he explained to members of the Indiana State Senate why a bill to redefine the value of pi should not be adopted.
Waldo died in New York City.
- Clarence A. Waldo, A manual of descriptive geometry, with numerous problems, Boston: D.C. Heath and Co., 1888, 1895, 77 pages.
- Weslayan University Science Faculty, 1831-1961
- Visher, Stephen Sargent, Indiana Scientists: A Biographical Directory and an Analysis, Indianapolis: Indiana Academy of Science, 1951.
- History of Wesleyan University
- Book information on A manual of descriptive geometry
- Waldo's genealogy at RootsWeb.com
- Clarence Abiathar Waldo at the Mathematics Genealogy Project.
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