On 5 February 2010, in ceremonies at Erickson Alumni Hall, Addison M. Fischer was presented

the WVU Distinguished Alumni Award. Fischer received his bachelor and master degrees from

WVU. Addison founded several highly successful software companies, built a school in Naples,

Florida, has made major contributions towards saving the Amazon rain forests, and among other

achievements, he has made major contributions to National Security with his knowledge of cryptology,

As a student circa 1962 at Washington Irving High School in Clarksburg, W. Va., Addison Fischer

began studying advanced mathematics on his own, and wrote a long paper on Extensions of Calculus.

His paper was sent to Prof. H. W. Gould at West Viginia University who determined that Fischer

was some kind of really new genius. Indeed Fischer showed Gould how he had developed axioms

and theorems to define factorials of complex numbers, and n-th iterations and derivatives of a function

when n is a complex number. On his own he had figured out what is known as the Cauchy Integral Theorem, a Riemann surface, and other very advanced topics. He was one of the most remarkably

bright mathematics students ever at WVU. At WVU, Fischer turned to computers and developed

fantastic software, which became the basis of his later successful ventures. By the age of 32, he told

Gould he had "retired" after making $16,000,000 on his software ventures. The rest of his climb to

fame is history.

Addison Fischer Photo by H. W. Gould

Addison Fischer receives the Distinguished Alumni Photo by H. W. Gould

WVU President James Clements, Addison Fischer, and colleague of Fischer

Professor Henry Gould, Addison Fischer, and Mrs. Jean Gould

Revised 26 April 2010