Haskell P. Curry papers, 1911-1984

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Collection Overview

Title:
Haskell P. Curry papers
Dates (Inclusive):
1911-1984
Creator:
Haskell, Curry
Abstract:
Haskell P. Curry joined the Department Of Mathematics at Penn State in 1929 pioneering the study of combinatory logic. He was named one of the first Evan Pugh Professors in 1960 and retired in 1966.
Collection Number:
222
Size:
64 Linear feet
Location:
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Repository:
Special Collections Library. Pennsylvania State University.
Languages:
English

Biographical or Historical Note

Haskell Brooks Curry was born in Millis, Massachusetts on September 12, 1900. His father, Samuel Silas Curry, was the founder of Curry College in Boston. Dr. Curry received his undergraduate degree in 1920 and master's degree in physics in 1924 from Harvard University. He received a doctorate in mathematics from the University of Göttingen, Germany in 1930. He also studied electrical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1920 to 1922. While a graduate student at Harvard, he worked as a research assistant to Dr. P.W. Bridgman, the 1946 Nobel Prize winner in physics. He came to Penn State as an assistant professor in 1929. In 1933, he was appointed an associate professor and attained the rank of full professor in 1941. In 1960, he was one of the first two professors named by the Penn State Board of Trustees as Evan Pugh Professors. He retired with emeritus rank in 1966. Dr. Curry was a well known mathematician who specialized in areas of applied mathematics and symbolic logic. While on the faculty, he developed the combinatory logic, an important development in modern mathematical logic. Dr. Curry was an avid bird watcher, having documented nearly 150,000 separate birds over a fifty year span. He wrote several books including Combinatory Logic and Foundations of Mathematical Logic. Dr. Curry died at the age of 81.

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Collection is open for research. University records are restricted for 20 years after the date of creation. Personnel files are restricted for 72 years or until the death of the individual. Access to student files are restricted for the life of the individual, in accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 as amended.

Copyright Notice

Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Haskell P. Curry papers, PSUA 222, Special Collections Library, Pennsylvania State University.

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