Person: Griffiths, Lois
Lois Wilfred Griffiths was an American mathematician best known for her work in polygonal numbers.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Frederick Griffiths was born in Wales and had emigrated to the United States in 1880.
- Lois was educated at elementary and secondary schools in Washington State before entering the University of Washington.
- During her undergraduate years Lois was assistant to Comptroller Condon of the University of Washington.
- Entering the University of Chicago in October 1925, Griffiths undertook research for a doctorate in mathematics working with her thesis supervisor Leonard Dickson.
- Immediately following the award of her doctorate, Griffiths was appointed as an Instructor in Mathematics at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where she spent the whole of her teaching career.
- In 1945 Griffiths produced a typewritten set of notes Determinants and systems of linear equations.
- Two later typewritten sets of notes by Griffiths Outline of the theory of groups (1948) and Matrices and linear dependence (1949) were never published.
- Before writing her textbook, Griffiths had published a number of excellent reviews of important algebra texts.
- Griffiths attended meetings of both the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America.
- As to her hobbies, Griffiths loved walking, gardening and cooking.
- Lois Griffiths retired from her position at Northwestern University in 1964 and at that time she was made professor emeritus.
Born 27 June 1899, Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA. Died 9 November 1981, Skokie, Illinois, USA.
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive