W. R. (Red) Alford
William Robert "Red" Alford (
July 21, 1937– May 29, 2003) was an American mathematicianwho worked in the field of number theory.
Canton, Mississippi, he was a United States Air Forceveteran. He earned his Bachelor of Sciencein mathematics and physics from The Citadel (1959), his Ph.Din mathematics from Tulane University(1963), [MathGenealogy|id=628] and his J.D.from the University of Georgia School of Law(1976) in Athens, Georgia. After earning his J.D. he practiced law in Athens, before returning to the mathematics faculty. He retired in 2002. He died at 65, after suffering from a brain tumor. [cite web | title = William R. (Red) Alford | url = http://www.numbertheory.org/obituaries/OTHERS/alford.html | work = Number Theory Web | accessdate = 2008-02-13 ]
Carl Pomeranceand Andrew Granville, he proved the infinity of Carmichael numbersin 1994 [W. R. Alford, A. Granville, and C. Pomerance. [http://cr.yp.to/bib/1994/alford.ps "There are Infinitely Many Carmichael Numbers."] ( PostScript) " Annals of Mathematics" 139 (1994) 703-722.] based on a conjecture given by Paul Erdős.
Erdős numberis 2. [cite web | title = Erdos2 | url = http://www.oakland.edu/enp/Erdos2 | work = The Erdos Number Project]
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