**Edward Burr Van Vleck** (June 7, 1863, Middletown, Connecticut – June 3, 1943, Madison, Wisconsin)^{ [1] } was an American mathematician.

Van Vleck was born June 7, 1863, Middletown, Connecticut. He was the son of astronomer John Monroe Van Vleck, he graduated from Wesleyan University in 1884, attended Johns Hopkins in 1885–87, and studied at Göttingen (Ph.D., 1893). He also received 1 July 1914 an honorary doctorate of the University of Groningen (The Netherlands).^{ [2] }^{ [3] } He was assistant professor and professor at Wesleyan (1895–1906), and after 1906 a professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where the mathematics building is named after him.^{ [4] } His doctoral students include H. S. Wall. In 1913 he became president of the American Mathematical Society, of whose * Transactions * he had been first associate editor (1902–05) and then editor (1905–10). He was the author of *Theory of Divergent Series and Algebraic Continued Fractions* (1903), and of several monographs in mathematical journals. His son, John Hasbrouck Van Vleck, was a notable physicist who received the Nobel Prize in 1977.

E. B. Van Vleck is also important art collector, particularly in the medium of Japanese woodblock prints (principally * Ukiyo-e *), known as *Van Vleck Collection*. He began collecting around 1909, but became a serious collector in the late 1920s, when he acquired approximately 4,000 prints that had been owned by Frank Lloyd Wright. His collection, one of the largest in the world outside the Library of Congress, features more than 2,000 prints by Utagawa Hiroshige as well as many prints by Hokusai, and fine examples of * shin hanga * (new prints) made well into the 20th century. His collection now resides at the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison, Wisconsin.^{ [5] }

- Van Vleck, E. B. (1898). "On the polynomials of Stieltjes".
*Bull. Amer. Math. Soc*.**4**(9): 426–438. doi:10.1090/s0002-9904-1898-00531-1. MR 1557633. - Van Vleck, E. B. (1901). "On the convergence of continued fractions with complex elements".
*Trans. Amer. Math. Soc*.**2**(3): 215–233. doi:10.1090/s0002-9947-1901-1500565-4. MR 1500565. - Van Vleck, Edward B. (1902). "A determination of the number of real and imaginary roots of the hypergeometric series".
*Trans. Amer. Math. Soc*.**3**(1): 110–131. doi:10.1090/s0002-9947-1902-1500590-4. MR 1500456. - Van Vleck, Edward B. (1904). "On the convergence of algebraic continued fractions whose coefficients have limiting values".
*Trans. Amer. Math. Soc*.**5**(3): 253–262. doi:10.1090/s0002-9947-1904-1500672-9. MR 1500672. - Selected topics in the theory of divergent series and of continued fractions (New York; MacMillan, 1905).

- Van Vleck polynomials
- Carol S. Wood, Edward Burr Van Vleck Professor of Mathematics, Emerita at Wesleyan

- ↑ R. E. Langer and M. H. Ingraham, Edward Burr Van Vleck, 1863-1943,
*Biograph. Mem. Nat. Acad. Sci.***30**(1957), 399-409. - ↑ Album Studiosorum Academiae Groninganae, Promotiën, p. 620.
- ↑ Jaarboek der Rijksuniversiteit te Groningen. 1913-1914. Promotiën. Faculteit der Wis-en Natuurkunde. Honoris Causa. Wis- en Natuurkunde. 1914, 1 Juli, p. 91.
- ↑ Sterling Hall map; Van Vleck Hall is adjacent to Sterling Hall, where the Sterling Hall bombing occurred in August 1970, but Van Vleck Hall suffered merely broken windows.
- ↑
*E. B. Van Vleck Collection*Archived 2008-10-06 at the Wayback Machine , Chazen Museum of Art

- O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F., "Edward Burr Van Vleck",
*MacTutor History of Mathematics archive*, University of St Andrews . - Edward Burr Van Vleck at the Mathematics Genealogy Project

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