Person: Certaine, Jeremiah
Jeremiah Certaine was an African American mathematician who was awarded a Ph.D. by Harvard University for a thesis on algebra in 1945. He taught at Howard University for a few years but for most of his career he was an applied mathematician for Nuclear Development Associates and the United Nuclear Corporation.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Lawrence Certaine, born in Hansometown, Duval, Florida, USA, worked as a carrier for the US Government, then later as a postman for the US Mail.
- Jeremiah was brought up and attended school in Philadelphia.
- Certaine was awarded a B.A. by Temple University in 1940 and was accepted to continue studying mathematics at Temple University for a Master's Degree which he was awarded in 1941.
- Name: Jeremiah Certaine; Race: Black; Age: 21; Birth Date: 6 June 1920; Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Residence Place: Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Registration Date: 1 July 1941; Registration Place: Philadelphia, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Height: 5 ft 11 ins; Weight: 150 lbs; Complexion: Light Brown; Hair Colour: Black; Eye Colour: Brown; Next of Kin: Sadie Certaine.
- After the award of his Master's Degree, Certaine went to Harvard University where he began research advised by Garrett Birkhoff.
- In 1945 Certaine was awarded a Ph.D. from Harvard University for his 69-page thesis Lattice-Ordered Groupoids and Some Related Problems.
- In 1945, Certaine was appointed to the Radiation Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on a one year position.
- The new assistant professor was Jeremiah Certaine, who had just received his Ph.D. from Harvard, and who remained at Howard until 1951.
- While at Howard University, Certaine became a member of the Mathematical Association of America in 1949.
- It was Jeremiah Certaine, the Black Harvard PhD, who helped me see the beauty of algebraic structure.
- Certaine left Howard University in 1951 when he was appointed as Senior Mathematician for the Nuclear Development Associates at White Plains, New York.
- Certaine continued to produce many reports, some single authored, others co-authored with other workers at Nuclear Development Associates.
- From 1964 Certaine worked as Science Advisor for the Office of the Manager, Research and Development Division, United Nuclear Corporation.
Born 6 June 1920, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA. Died 30 July 1993, Mount Vernon, Westchester, New York, USA.
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African American, Origin Usa
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- O’Connor, John J; Robertson, Edmund F: MacTutor History of Mathematics Archive