Thomas W. Hungerford

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Thomas W. Hungerford
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Born(1936-03-21)March 21, 1936
Oak Park, Illinois
Died November 28, 2014(2014-11-28) (aged 78)
St. Louis, Missouri
Nationality American
Alma mater University of Chicago
Scientific career
Fields Algebra
Education
Institutions University of Washington,
Cleveland State University,
St. Louis University
Doctoral advisor Saunders Mac Lane

Thomas William Hungerford (March 21, 1936 – November 28, 2014) [1] was an American mathematician who worked in algebra and mathematics education. He is the author or coauthor of several widely used [2] and widely cited [3] textbooks covering high-school to graduate-level mathematics. From 1963 until 1980 he taught at the University of Washington and then at Cleveland State University until 2003. From 2003–2014 he was at Saint Louis University. Hungerford had a special interest in promoting the use of technology to teach mathematics.

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Hungerford did his undergraduate work at the College of the Holy Cross and defended his Ph.D. thesis at the University of Chicago in 1963 (advised by Saunders Mac Lane). Throughout his career he wrote more than a dozen widely used mathematics textbooks, ranging from high school to graduate level. [1]

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