This is far more than just a Photo Album. Many 
interesting things about mathematics and astronomy
are also shown and discussed below.

Here are Professors George Andrews, Jocelyn Quaintance and Henry Gould at WVU in September 2007:

Below, an old photo of H. W. Gould and L. C. Hsu:
H. W. Gould and L. c. Hsu

Photo of Professors H. W. Gould and L. C. Hsu (徐利治) at West Virginia University, circa 1980.
On the wall are a photo of Prof. John A. Eiesland (1867-1950), Chair of WVU Math. Dept.
1907-1938, who was born in Norway; and a portrait of Niels H. Abel (1802-1829),  the very
famous Norwegian mathematician. Leetsch C. Hsu wrote to Gould in 1965, seven years before
Nixon's memorable trip to China to meet Chairman Mao. Hsu and Gould began a collaboration
and published a seminal paper on a generalized series inversion pair in the Duke Mathematical
Journal, Vol. 40(1973), pp. 885-891. The paper appeared just after relations between USA and
PRC were re-established.

Professor Leetsch Charles Hsu (徐利治) at West Virginia University in mid-1970's.
The sign in Chinese (Chung Mei liang guo ren-min peng-you wan-sui) says
"Long live the friendship of the Chinese and American People."

WVU Magazine article (Fall 1972) photo of Prof. Gould writing Chinese
on blackboard, circa 1972. It says "Quotation from President Harlow:
'Long live West Virginia'." (Xi fu-ji-ni-yah wan-sui!)

Sharma and Erdos
Ambikeshwar Sharma and Paul Erdös at West Virginia University circa 1986-89.
Photo by H. W. Gould. Uncle Paul visited WVU three times (3-5 March 1986;
4-6 April 1987; and 28-31 March 1989). Ambikeshwar visited several times. He was a professor many years at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada.

Half-Professor Charlie Brown
This is the original Half-Professor Charlie Brown (1970-1981), shown relaxing at home.
He was given his title by then University President James G. Harlow. Dr. Harlow told
me: "Henry you are a Full Professor; I like your little dog Charlie Brown, and I hereby
make him a Half Professor. I can't give him a higher title, because then the State would
have to pay him benefits!" Charlie was mostly beagle, could count to 10, and had 10 years
of classes at WVU. His successor is Half-Professor Spotsie Ann, a Jack Russell Terrier.
Besides many canine friends, Gould has been surrounded by many feline assistants, and
one of them was a 20-year-old black Siamese named Kahlil Gibran who liked to sleep
wrapped up in Gould's hair. Kahlil passed away 8 April 2010 due to renal failure. Spotsie Ann is now 16 years old. In April 2009 Spotsie was ill with Canine Geriatric Vestbulitis Syndrome, and took 3 weeks to recover. The etiology of this disease (affecting dogs around 12 to 16 years old) is not completely understood, It causes nystigma (roaming of eyes) and general ataxia (trouble with body movements and balance). No cure is know, but dogs do recover. Spotsie did recover, with an after-effect of a tilt to her left side. She has had a second bout with it in March 2010, and is again recovering. Vestibulitis, a disease of the inner ear, may also affect children and adults. Unfortunately Spotsie developed other difficulties and died on 14 Sept. 2010.

Below is Professor Gould with Half-Professor Charlie Brown during office hours in 1975.
Prof. Gould and Half Prof. Charlie Brown
At one time Gould had a career in broadcast radio as announcer and engineer. Here he is
at the microphone in 1949 at radio station WUVA, the student station at the University
of Virginia. He ran a three hour program of classical music. Also he rebuilt the transmitter
to get more power output and a better signal for the station.

While he played LP classical music records on the air, he worked
out proofs of combinatorial identities! Mozart makes good Math.

Henry (Hank) Gould at his shortwave ham station K4CQA in 1957
at the University of North Carolina. He contacted all U. S. states and
over 100 countries using Morse code on the 40 and 20 meter bands. This
equipment was used to monitor the first 3 Soviet sputnik satellites.

Gould's 75th Party
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Henry and Jean Gould at Henry's 'first' seventy-fifth birthday party on 26 August 2003.

Birthday Party 2
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Group of faculty at Gould's 75th birthday party. Note attentive Half-Professor Spotsie Ann!

Archimedean Screw
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Archimedean Screw, built by Joshua Taylor for demonstration in
Math. 218, History of Mathematics Class, April 2006. Device invented
 2000 years ago by Archimedes for raising water to a higher level.

It would be simply colossal for enterprising WVU students to devise
such a device to pump beer up from a tub up into cups at beer pong
parties! It could be called a BEER SCREW!

Square Root of Minue One Cartoon

"See, he has two eyes, but if he crosses them he'll be minus one."
(i  times  i  equals  -1) - - Cartoon drawn by Paul Louis Goodfriend
when we were high school students in 1945. Goodfriend (1930-1995) became a chemist and taught at the University of Maine, Orono, Maine. In 1945-46 he, Bernard Brown and I extracted Uranium from glass used in the manufacture of neon signs.

Garfield's Research

Garfield tells all about Research!
When you espy a mathematician somewhat drowsy,
he is not really sleeping he is doing mental research.

WVU Telescope Remains
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This is a view of some remains of the 7-foot refracting telecope
bought for WVU in 1872 by Prof. Samuel G. Stevens. It was made
in NYC by John Byrne, successor to Henry Fitz. WVU students
burned the old observatory down in Nov. 1919 to celebrate
WVU beating Princeton University in football by 25 to zilch.
The telescope itself was rescued by Professor Eiesland, only to be
destroyed in another fire c.1950 when the old Mechanical Hall
burned. Oldtimers have told me about going up to "Observatory
Hill" in 1910 to see Halley's comet. The Pi Kappa Alpha (PIKA)
Fraternity house was erected in 1965 on the exact spot where the
observatory once stood. I remember seeing a 13 foot diameter ring
of burned earth at that spot when the PIKA was being built. A large
steel rod was found sticking up from the ground at the center; most
likely being a rigid center to which the telescope was anchored.
The burned remains of the observatory had been removed around
1931 by a WPA crew, and the spot remained clear until the PIKA
house was built.

WVU telescope remains 2
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Here is another view of some remaining parts of the 1872 telescope,
showing rack and pinion focus part and the end that held a 5-inch
lens with 7 foot focal length. It had mahogany strips for the barrel.
It is hoped to make a new lens and resurrect this ancient instrument.
The telescope cost Professor Stevens $400.00 from his own pocket.
The University had no money for equipment, so he bought it himself,
having convinced the University to let him teach an extra class for

James Scott Stewart
James Scott Stewart
James Scott Stewart was Head of WVU Mathematics Department
from 1891-93 and 1894-1907. He was trained at West Virginia, the
first civilian and the last before Eiesland arrived in 1907 (see below).
Curiously enough, Robert Allen Armstrong, Professor of English
was Head of WVU Mathematics for 1893-1894, a period when James
Scott Stewart was improperly relieved of his duties, but then reinstated.

This has happened when Jerome Raymond was WVU President.
Stewart had a home on Willey Street precisely where the present West
Virginia Junior College stands. He also served as University Librarian.

Today WVU Mathematics is housed in Armstrong Hall. (more below)

Some interesting information about the life of James Stewart may
be found at the following website:

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From 1867 to 1891 the War Department assigned a military officer to be
Commandant of Cadets and Professor of Military Science and Tactics at
West Virginia University. This was the standard procedure at Land Grant
Schools in America. WVU was poor, so they had the military man also teach
mathematics. In 1877-1878, WVU had an excellent military math. teacher
by the name of Lt. James Monroe Ingalls. W. Va. Senator Waitman T.
Willey tried to get U. S. President Rutherford B. Hayes to allow Ingalls to
stay at WVU, but Hayes said he could nothing, as he was only the President
and could not over-rule the War Department. (WVU has the letter from Hayes)

Ingalls went on to Fortress Monroe, Virginia, where he founded the U. S. Army
Ballistics School. He published major papers and tables for exterior ballistics
which have been extremely important, even today.

Ingalls was very keen to recognize and support mathematics. While Ingalls
was at WVU, James Joseph Sylvester founded the American Journal
Mathematics at Johns Hopkins University in 1877-78. Major Ingalls was
listed as one of the very first 100 subscribers to this extremely important
new journal and in this small way a mathematician at West Virginia University
aided in the support of the first important American mathematics journal.

Johan Arndt Eiesland
This is Johan Arndt Eiesland (1867-1950) who was WVU Math. Head
1907-1938. He was from Norway, received his Ph.D. at Johns Hopkins
in 1898. He was the first significant mathematician in West Virginia
directing the first two Ph.D.'s here in 1934. He was also one of the first
brain drains from Norway, as explained in a 2005 paper in Norway by
Professor Trygve Breiteig. WVU named a building for Eiesland. We occupied
Eiesland Hall for eighteen years.We once had a memorial to him in our
Mathematics Research Library in our present quarters in Armstrong
Hall, but it was discontinued when the Library was eliminated. Eiesland's late
niece Miss Mary Jo Mitchell left modest funds to establish an Eiesland Visiting
Professorship in Mathematics.

Remark: "Eiesland" is a Norwegian name NOT German. WVU people and
students spell it incorrectly and mispronounce it as if it were "Eisland.  It is NOT
ICE-land. Johnny Eiesland himself pronounced his name as "AZE-land". You get
an A if you spell it right and say it right and teach it to everyone you meet!
(The combination "eie"is rare in German except in "Eier" meaning "eggs").

A short story about Eiesland by Professor Trygve Breiteig of Adger University
College, Kristiansand, Norway, has been published on pp. 23-24 of the Spring 2006
issue of the Eberly College Magazine (WVU). This is a very brief adaptation
from Professor Breiteig's longer article appearing in a Norwegian book discussing
100 years of science in  Norway.

We interrupt our sequence of WVU math. chairs to show one of Eiesland's
favorite pictures, a portrait of the famous Norwegian mathematician Niels
Henrik Abel. The original was a heliotpe of a drawing done by Johan Görbitz
in Paris in 1826. Görbitz (1782-1853) was a noted Norwegian artist who
lived in Bergen, Norway. Eiesland kept this portrait near his desk. Abelian
groups were named for Abel of course.

Niels Henrik Abel
   Niels Henrik Abel (1802-1829)
"Weierstrass satte Abels arbeider overordentlig
hØit; han gav alltid det räd til sine elever:
'Laes Abel!' " quoted by Carl St
Ørmer in the Norsk
Matematisk Tidskrift, Vol. 11(1929), page 137.
[Translation: Weierstrass placed Abel's work very
high; he always gave the advice to his students:
'Read Abel.']

C. N. Reynolds, Jr. Four Color Expert
Clarence Newton Reynolds, Jr.
 Head of WVU Mathematics Departmenrt, 1938-1946. He
was at first a student of Maxime Bocher at Harvard. After Bocher's death,
Reynolds took his Ph.D. under G. D. Birkhoff, and spent the rest of his
life at WVU trying to prove the Four Color Conjecture. In two papers in the
Annals of Mathematics in 1926-1927 Reynolds was able to use clsassical
reduction techniques to prove that four colors suffice for all maps having
no more than 28 countries. This was one of the best results until 1976
when Kenneth Appell, Wolfgang Haken and graduate student John Koch
used computers and new techniques to prove the theorem that 4 colors always
suffice. Reynolds had joyously told a friend of mine (retired Professor Wilbur
Bluhm) who had been a student at WVU circa 1946, that he had proved the
4CC, but it is said that Philip Franklin found an error in the proof. I have not
been able to find the manuscript in his posthumous papers, so it remains
unknown whether he was onto something. He did leave a large table of
'topologically applicable number-theoretic functions', but no evidence how
this might have been applied. He gave a talk about this at the 1950
International Congress of Mathematicians at Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Reynolds patented a 'Relativity Slide Rule' in the 1910 to 1920 period that
shows how Einstein's addition of velocities operates. I have his large,
working classroom model, a wooden device about six feet long. He
published a paper about this in the old Bulletin of the West Virginia University
Scientific Association, Vol. 2(1923), pp. 3-11, showing how to construct and
operate it. A photo of this device is displayed here:

Here is the four foot long wooden working model of the Relativity
Slide Rule invented by Professor C. N. Reynolds.

Remark: I shall never forget my own excitement when Frank Bernhart
told me in 1976 about the amazing new and correct proof of the 4CC! This
event was a highlight of our conversation at the AMS Summer Meeting at
Toronto, Canada in August 1976. But wouldn't it be comforting to find an
old-fashioned proof we could check easily?

Hannibal Albert Davis
Hannibal Albert Davis
(1899-1992) Hannibal A. Davis was Head of WVU Mathematics 1946-1960.
He did his Ph.D. in classical geometry under Virgil Snyder at Cornell Univ.
He directed the third of the early WVU mathematics Ph.D. degrees in 1940,
his student being Allen B. Cunningham. As with almost all the faculty at WVU
between 1907 and 1950 he worked on Cremona  transformations and other
non-involutorial transformations. Work in these areas at WVU reached zero
by 1950 as topology was on the ascendancy in American mathematics.
(Reynolds was an exception at WVU, being primarly a topologist.)
(The author of this web page was hired by Davis in 1958, and it was he who
urged me to seek support by way of an NSF research grant.
To my doubt about being able to get a such a grant, Hannibal quipped:
"You'll never know unless you try!" That was excellent advice!)

Remark: Hannibal and his wife Tyreeca were both mathematicians but also
were botanists and internationally known for their study and collections
of genus rubus (raspberry bushes).

Joseph K. Stewart
Joseph Kyle Stewart (1906-1987)
Joe Stewart was Head of WVU Mathematics 1960-1965. He was the first
math. Ph.D. to graduate at WVU (in 1934) having worked under Eiesland.
He also was Associate Dean of the Graduate School. He did some work
with WVU physicists involving vibrations of Chladni plates, which
involved Bessel functions.

In the same year (1934) Reginald Horton Downing (from Nova Scotia)
(1908-1987) received a Ph.D. under Eiesland's direction. Downing was Math.
Chair at the Air Force Institute of Technology and Dean there for most of his
career starting in 1947 and retiring in 1974.
See the following web page for more information about Reggie Downing:

Iland Dee Peters
Iland Dee Peters
I. Dee Peters (1919-1990). Dee Peters was acting chair of WVU Mathematics,
1965-67 and 1972-73, and regular chair 1973-79. His interests were modern
algebra and improving the teaching of mathematics.

J. C. Eaves
James Clifton Eaves (1912-2002)
J. C. Eaves came to West Virginia from the University of Kentucky,
and was Chair of Math at WVU, 1967-1972, also holding a Centennial
Professorship. Eaves was National Director of the Pi Mu Epsilon mathematics
honorary. He worked in linear algebra and matrices.

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This marks the last of our initial series of photos of WVU Math. chairs.

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        A S T R O N O M Y

Here is the late Professor Charles (Chuck)
Nelson Cochran (1923-2000) of the WVU Mathematics Department, who taught astronomy,
and who was the principal Founder in 1963 of the
National Youth Science Camp held every
summer at Greenbank, WV.

Chuck Cochran
Two students from each of the 50 states come to this camp
every summer. In 1963 WVU Student Roger Mersing and
I obtained 200 3-inch glass disks and optical abrasive from
the Houze Glass Plant in Pt. Marion, Pennsylvania, and each
Youth Camp student was shown how to grind a telescope mirror.

Roger Mersing (1941-2009) took a degree in physics at WVU and later worked with NASA,
He will always be remembered for his vast enthusiasm for astronomy and his wonderful personality.
Below is a photo of the present WVU observatory located on top
of Hodges Hall (Physics Building).

It houses a 14-inch Schmidt Cassegrain reflector. In Hodges Hall we also have the
excellent Tomchin Memorial Planetarium, which offers hundreds of shows all year.  
The telescope and observatory were made possible by gifts of Harold Tomchin (1915-1999).
Initial contact with Tomchin was made by Prof. Wilbur H. Bluhm (1920-2008) (math.) and
Prof. H. W. Gould. (Tomchin owned a furniture company in southern W. Va.)

Current WVU Observatory
photo by H. W. Gould
   Current WVU Observatory
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Now let's go back a hundred years:
Here below is a view of the original WVU Observatory circa 1905.
This is from a glass plate negative found by August Mastrogiuseppe
in the WVU Wise Library around 1965. The photo was classified
then incorrectly as "WVU Silo". The gentleman sitting  at the right
is unknown. As we indicated previously above, the old observatory
was built in 1901 and burned by students in 1919 to celebrate WVU
beating Princeton in football by 25 to 0.

Original WVU Observatory circa 1905
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Now we go back just 42 years to an astronomy club:

This is a view of the Morgantown Astronomy Club on 10 February 1967. Present in photo:
1st Row, left to right: Joseph Veltri, Jr., James Veltri, Tom Bolyard, Mark Peterson, and Robert Nugent.
2nd Row, left to right: Robert L. Smith, Jr., Raymond Hobbs, Brian Johnston, Leslie Kane (Chemist),
John Schafer, William C. Grady. Tom Smith, and Joe Viola.
3rd Row, left to right: Prof. Leonard Sizer, Tom Conforti, Charles L. Grubb, Prof. Tony Winston,
Harley Burton, Prof. Henry Gould (the guy with the beard), Dale Luketich, Dave Hall, Prof. Wilbur
Bluhm, Prof. Robert L. Smith, Sr., A. Dale Randolph, Joseph Veltri. Sr., Prof. Virgil Peterson, and
David L. Smith (who took the photograph).

The club existed from 1965 until around 1980. Over 100 people were members and they had around 40 telescopes among them, Two students had spent a long time grinding and polishing 8 and 10 inch mirrors for their own telescopes. This photo was at the home of the late Arthur Dale Randolph.

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Now . . . some administrative humor:

The Big Stick 30 years ago
photo by H. W. Gould
The Big Stick thirty years ago
The Big Stick was a humorous device we invented
as a result of outside advice that a "big stick" should
be applied by the Chair to get faculty cooperation!
It has two sides: Pure Side and "Applied" Side.
Seen holding the Big Stick 30 years ago was Acting
Chair James Miller. In the next picture he is shown
today posing with the Big Stick for nostalgia.

The Big Stick Today
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      The Big Stick Today

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Now we move on to show our first new Ph.D. student:

Gary Seldomridge  -First modern Ph.D.
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                       Gary Seldomridge
Dissertation defense of WVU's first modern Ph.D. student in 1992
Gary is the tall guy with white shirt and tie!

Cake for Gary!
             Cake to congratulate Gary Seldomridge!

Ph.D.  Defense of Gary Seldomridge

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Another view of dignitaries at Gary's dissertation defense. In center, in blue suit,
is the then WVU President Neil Bucklew, flanked by Gary and Gary's wife Debbie, who
is also a mathematician. At far right is Prof. Sam B. Nadler, Jr., Gary's dissertation
adviser. Since 1992 we have graduated at least 34 Ph.D students. Our Department
has considerable strength in discrete mathematics (combinatorics and graph theory),
number theory, continuum and hyperspace theory, and other developing areas.
The current doctoral program came about when Alphonse Baartmans was Chair
circa 1982-85. He had me initiate a regular seminar on combinatorics and discrete
mathematics, which has met almost every Wednesday during the regular academic year
ever since, bringing in numerous excellent speakers.
For example we had Paul
Erdös here three different years.
I also remember teaching our first graph theory course.
The current Seminar Director is Prof. John Goldwasser.

Next we cannot forget to show a recent happy moment:

Happy Moment for Likin Simon Romero
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This is new WVU mathematics Ph.D. graduate Likin Simon Romero
with his new bride at their wedding here in Morgantown. Beaming
behind them is Likin's adviser Professor Sam B. Nadler, Jr.

Rare old plaster geometrical models
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Here is a collection of rare and valuable old plaster geometric models
in our WVU Department. Most were made in Germany in the nineteenth
century, and are still very useful in teaching and research.

String model

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This is a very old string model of a cone. It is shown
twisted around so as to show a hyperboloid as a ruled
surface with two generators.

I have a model (to show here later) which I built in 1958
for Prof. Hannibal Davis showing a twisted cubic, which
is a curve in 3-space formed when two cones intersect
in a common generator. From one viewpoint it looks
like a cubic curve and from another like a parabola.


The author likes to make models for classroom use. Here is a simple wire model of a tesseract,
a three dimensional projection of a cube extended to four dimensions.  . . . Imagine a room now
and the same room an hour later. Of course we cannot show four mutually perpendicular lines
in 3-space.  think of length, width, height, and time.

Mysterium Cosmographicum of Kepler
     Mysterium Cosmographicum
Kepler's first model of the solar system in which he ingeniously used
the five Platonic solids circumscribed with spheres to show the orbits
of the planets. With the discovery of new planets and eccentricities
of the orbits he had to abandon this model and was then led to his
three famous laws of planetary motion.

Sunflower pattern. 55 spirals in one direction
and 89 in the other direction. There are always a
Fibonacci number of spirals! (This was a 12-inch sunflower)

Group of faculty at recent lecture
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Here is group of faculty at a lecture in Fall of 2005. Left to right: Visiting speaker, Prof. C. Q. Zhang,
Chairman Sherman Riemenschneider, Prof. Yusheng Xu, and Prof. Hong-Jian Lai.

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Music and Mathematics are closely related. I offer below an example of such a connection. Here is a poster
announcing a mathematical lecture by the famous Metropolitan Opera star Jerome Hines:

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Seminar on Combinatorial and Discrete Mathematics
Special Lecture Announcement

Mr. Jerome Hines
Metropolitan Opera Basso

will give a lecture on
Operator Mathematics

Friday 7 October 1994, at 3:30 PM,
324 Armstrong Hall, Refreshments at 3:00 P.M.

Mr. Hines will later be heard in an Operatic Concert at West
Virginia University on Saturday 8 October.

     Mr. Hines sang here in Morgantown on Sunday 6 February 1994. His opera fans may not all know that Jerry majored
in chemistry and mathematics at the University of California, Los Angeles, before going on to his world-famous career as
an opera singer. His operatic repertoire covers some 30 different roles, singing at the New York Metropolitan Opera,
Milan's La Scala, and the Moscow Bolshoi Theatre. In his book "This is My Story, This is My Song", published in 1968,
he wrote:

     "With my parents' blessing I went to the University of California at Los Angeles to study chemistry. As my studies progressed I began taking extra courses by examination, in addition to my regular curriculum, which enabled me to pick up enough extra credits to acquire a double major. And what was the extra subject? Mathematics! The very subject in which I had done so poorly in junior high. It had now taken a place of immense importance in my studies because of its necessity in science, and I was growing to enjoy it more than any of my other academic pursuits."

     Mr. Hines published several papers on operator mathematics and has maintained his interest and activity with this
subject over the years. He loves music, mathematics and people, and it is a distinct pleasure to welcome him to our community and have him share with us his immense enthusiasm for mathematics as well as music.

                                                                                                                                                Henry W. Gould

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Note: Jerome Hines was born 8 Nov. 1921 and died 4 Feb. 2003. he was blessed with a marvelous basso voice, and
he had a lifelong love of music, mathematics and people. He actually wrote a paper about generalized Stirling numbers
that was published in the Mathematics Magazine, vol. 29(1956), No. 4, March-April, pp.200-203, at the very time I
was myself writing a master's thesis on these numbers. At the time he sang here at WVU and gave the lecture announced
above, he was writing a very long book on "Infinite Numbers." Jerry and I had planned to revise this for publication, and
this project may yet eventually be accomplished. His mathematical mentor in California was Professor William M.
Whyburn at UCLA. Curiously enough I also knew Professor Whyburn myself years later (1957) when I studied at the
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, N. C. after Whyburn had moved there. My father had an excellent voice, and
my uncle William Benjamin Gould was a tenor singing here and in Europe, Dad took me to hear Jerry Hines sing many
years ago. Hines was tne mentor of batoneinger/theologian Joseph Shore, who has collected recordings of
Jerome Hines and plced them on YouTube.

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Here is a quick view of Gould's file card index of
30,000 file cards on the mathematics literature:

Gould's 30,000 Mathematics File Cards
This index is arranged by topics: Binomial Sums, Bernoulli Numbers,
Stirling Numbers, Bell Numbers, Catalan Numbers, Biographies,
WVU Math. Dept. History (from 1867), etcetera. These file cards
include data such as author, title, journal, date, etc. and include
information such as abstracts, reviews, and so on. The file system
was begun around 1948. Also a very partial index of my library of
several thousand mathematics books and journals.
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group photo 1

Professor Gould shows a copy of the rare 1796 book by C. F. Hindenburg concerning
partitions to Professor George E. Andrews, Eiesland Visiting Professor Jocelyn Quaintance
and Henry's wife Jean. 
   20 September 2007
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group photo 2
Henry Gould and George Andrews discuss compositions
and partitions. Professor Andrews gave a Colloqium talk
on "Gould's function and some partition problems."
20 September 2007
Professor Andrews is the Evan Pugh Professor of Mathematics
at Penn State University. He is a member of the National
Academy of Sciences and is the President-Elect of the
American Mathematical Society. Andrews is a noted expert
on partition theory and the work of Srinivasa Ramanujan.

award ceremony

Dot Underwood, Assistant to W. Va. Governor Joe Manchin, presents
Honorary Mountaineer Award to Professor Gould, 20 September 2007,
in recognition of Gould's 49 years of service and scholarship at West
Virginia University.

The late Professor Wilbur H. Bluhm (22 Jan. 1920 - 15 Nov. 2008) at his desk at home surrounded by
his large library of several thousand mathematics and philosophy books. Bluhm took his master's degree
at West Virginia University in 1946 and did further graduate work at Columbia University. He taught
mathematics at Waynesburg College (1947-82); then taught mathematics and astronomy at West Virginia
University (1982-89). He knew WVU's Prof. Clarence N. Reynolds, Jr. who often shared with Bluhm his
love of research and his work trying to prove the Four Color Map Conjecture. As noted above it was
Bluhm's contact with Harold Tomchin (1915-1999) that led to WVU getting a large telescope and a new observatory. Professor Bluhm was a vast repository of knowledge about mathematics, astronomy, philosophy, language and ancient Biblical exegesis. He will be missed.
The old WVU Mathematics Research Library:

General view of the current journal shelves in the former WVU Mathematics Library (Photo by Gould)

Math. Library
Student studying in the old WVU Mathematics Library as it appeared before 2008 when
the space was turned into an undergraduate computer study hall with 150 computers.
The student in this photo is Mrs. Jean W. Gould, wife of Prof. Henry W. Gould
Several hundred current journal issues were always displayed, and hundreds of journals
were available for immediate browsing, some dating back to 1826 and earlier.
(Photo by H. W. Gould)

Last Updated 1 February 2016