Department Heads - Mathematics
Jared A. Mansfield (1759-1830)
1777: Graduated from Yale College
1786: Rector of Hopkins Grammar School, New Haven, CT
1801: Published book Essays, Mathematical and Physical
1802-1803: Professor of Mathematics, USMA
1803-1812: Surveyor-General of Northwest Territory
1812-1828: Professor of Natural & Experimental Philosophy, USMA
William Amherst Barron (1769-1825)
1787: Received A.B. degree from Harvard College
1792: Received A.M. degree from Harvard College
1793-1800: Tutor for Harvard College
1802-1807: Professor of Mathematics, USMA
Ferdinand Rudolph Hassler (1770-1843)
1803-1805: Worked on the topological survey of Switzerland
1805: Emigrated to the United States
1807-1810: Professor of Mathematics, USMA
1810-1813: Professor of Natural Philosophy & Mathematics, Union College, Schenectady, NY
1815-1817, 1832-1843: Superintendent of the US Coastal Survey
1830-1843: Head of the US Standards of Weights and Measures
Author of 5 textbooks and numerous journal articles
Alden Partridge (1785-1854) (USMA 1806)
1806-1813: Assistant Professor of Mathematics, USMA
1813: Professor of Mathematics, USMA
1813-1816: Professor of Civil and Military Engineering, USMA
1814-1817: Acting Superintendent of USMA
1819: Established the "American Literary, Scientific and Military Academy", Norwich, Vermont
Author of numerous articles on math and science in the military
Andrew Ellicott (1754-1820)
1784-1790 "Geographer of the United States," established boundaries for Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Washington, DC
1796: Surveyed boundaries between the US & Spanish Possessions
1800: Secretary of the Land Office of Pennsylvania
1813-1820: Head of the Department of Mathematics, USMA
First Postmaster at West Point
Buried at West Point Cemetery
David Bates Douglass (1790-1849)
1813: Graduated from Yale College
1815-1820: Assistant Professor of Natural Philosophy, USMA
1820-1823: Professor of Mathematics, USMA
1823-1831: Professor of Civil & Military Engineering, USMA
1832-1833: Professor of Natural Philosophy, University of the City of New York
1841-1845: President of Kenyon College
1848: Professor of Mathematics, Hobart College
Charles Davies (1798-1876) (USMA 1815)
1816-1821: Assistant Professor of Mathematics, USMA
1821-1823: Assistant Professor of Natural & Experimental Philosophy, USMA
1823-1837: Professor of Mathematics, USMA
1824: Received A.M. degree from College of New Jersey, Princeton
1825: Received A.M. degree from Williams College, Williamstown, MA
1839-1841: Professor of Mathematics, Trinity College, Hartford, CT
1848-1849: Professor of Mathematics, University of New York
1857-1865: Professor of Higher Mathematics, Columbia College, NY
Author of numerous (49) mathematics texts (elementary to college level)
Albert E. Church (1807-1878) (USMA 1828)
1828-1831: Assistant Professor of Mathematics, USMA
1831-1833: Artillery officer at Newport, RI and Fort Independence, MA
1833-1837: Assistant Professor of Mathematics, USMA
1837-1878: Professor of Mathematics, USMA
Author of numerous mathematics texts (college level)
Edgar Wales Bass (1843-1918) (USMA 1868)
1869-1874: Assistant Professor of Natural & Experimental Philosophy, USMA
1874-1875: Astronomer for US Expedition to New Zealand to observe transit of Venus
1876-1878: Assistant Professor of Natural & Experimental Philosophy, USMA
1878-1898: Professor of Mathematics, USMA
Author of several mathematics texts
Wright Prescott Edgerton (1852-1904) (USMA 1874)
1874-1882: Troop assignments at various locations
1882-1893: Assistant Professor of Mathematics, USMA
1893-1898: Associate Professor of Mathematics, USMA
1898: Fought in the Puerto Rican campaign
1898-1904: Professor of Mathematics, USMA
Charles Patton Echols (1967-1940) (USMA 1891)
1891-1894: Served at Engineer School at Willet's Point, NY
1895-1897: Instructor on Mathematics, USMA
1897-1898: Assistant Professor of Mathematics, USMA
1898: Commander, Engineer Company in the Philippines Expedition
1898-1904: Associate Professor of Mathematics, USMA
1904-1931: Professor of Mathematics, USMA
1918: Special duty as military observer with Allied Armies in France
Harris Jones (1892-1977) (USMA 1917)
1918: Commander, Engineer Co, 3rd Division, World War I
1918-1922: Instructor of Mathematics, USMA
1923: MS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1923-1926: Assigned to 8th Engineer Bn, Ft Bliss, TX
1926-1928: Assistant Director of Public Buildings and Parks, Washington, D.C.
1928-1931: American Battle Monuments Commission, Paris, France
1931-1947: Professor of Mathematics, USMA
1947-1956: Dean of the Academic Board, USMA
William Weston Bessell, Jr. (1901-1977) (USMA 1920)
1921-1922: MS, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
1923-1928: Prof. of Military Science, Rose Polytechnic Institute, Terre Haute, IN
1928-1932: Assistant Professor of Mathematics, USMA
1936-1939: American Battle Monuments Commission, Paris, France
1940-1942: Chief of Military Personnel Branch, Washington, D.C.
1943-1946: Army Director, Joint War Plans Committee
1946-1947: Commanding General, Antilles Department, San Juan, Puerto Rico
1947-1959: Professor of Mathematics, USMA
1959-1965: Dean of the Academic Board, USMA
Charles Parsons Nicholas (1903-1985) (USMA 1925)
1927-1928: Instructor, USMA Prepatory School, Hawaii
1930-1935: Instructor of Mathematics, USMA
1941-1942: Associate Professor of Mathematics, USMA
1947-1948: Deputy Director of Central Intelligence, National Security Council
1948-1959: Professor of Mathematics and Deputy Head Department, USMA
1959-1967: Professor of Mathematics and Head of Department, USMA
Author of numerous technical and expository papers on mathematics education
John Somers Buist Dick (USMA 1935)
1940-1943: Instructor of Mathematics, USMA
1943-1944: G-3 Division, HQ Army Ground Forces, Washington, D.C.
1944-1945: Commander, 3rd Engineers, 24th Division, Philippines
1946-1948: Assistant Professor of Mathematics, USMA
1948-1951: HQ Far East Command, Tokyo, Japan
1952-1954: Commander, 332rd Engineer Group, Ft Leonard Wood, MO
1958-1967: Associate Professor of Mathematics, USMA
1967-1974: Professor of Mathematics and Head of Department, USMA
1974: Acting Dean of the Academic Board, USMA
Jack Murph Pollin (USMA 1944)
1947-1949: MS, University of Pennsylvania
1949-1952: Instructor of Mathematics, USMA
1953-1954: Commander and Executive Officer, 38th Field Artillery Bn, Korea
1957-1960: Associate Professor of Mathematics, USMA
1962-1963: Commander, 3rd Missile Bn, 79th Field Artillery
1966-1968: PhD, University of Arizona
1968-1974: Professor of Mathematics and Deputy Head of Department, USMA
1974-1985: Professor of Mathematics and Head of Department, USMA
David Herdman Cameron (USMA 1950)
1950-1953: Served in Engineer Companies in Okinawa, Korea, Florida, and British West Indies
1953-1954: Served in Memphis Engineer District
1955-1956: MS, Princeton University, Princeton, NJ
1956-1959: Company Commander, 237th Engineer Bn
1959-1960: PhD, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Troy, NY
1960-1964: Instructor of Mathematics, USMA
1966-1977: Associate Professor of Mathematics, USMA
1977-1985: Professor of Mathematics and Deputy Head of Department, USMA
1985-1988: Professor of Mathematics and Head of Department, USMA
Frank R. Giordano (USMA 1964)
1964-1966: Platoon Leader, 101st Airborne Division, Vietnam
1966-1967: Company Commander, 307th Engineer Bn, Ft Bragg, NC
1969-1970: Operations Officer, 39th Engineer Bn, Vietnam
1971-1974: Olmsted Scholar, University of Madrid, Spain
1974: PhD, University of Arkansas
1975-1976: Assistant Professor of Mathematics, USMA
1976-1985: Associate Professor of Mathematics, USMA
1985-1988: Professor of Mathematics and Deputy Head of Department, USMA
1988-1995: Head of Mathematics Department, USMA
Director of Mathematical Competition in Modeling
Author of numerous papers and textbooks
David Christopher Arney (USMA 1971)
1978-1980: MS Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
1980-1882: Instructor of Mathematics, USMA
1982-1985: PhD Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
1985-1992: Associate Professor of Mathematics, USMA
1992-1995: Professor and Deputy Head, Department of Mathematical Sciences, USMA
1995-2001: Professor and Head, Department of Mathematical Sciences, USMA
2001- : Dean of Mathematics and Science, College of St. Rose
Gary William Krahn (USMA 1977)
1983-1985: MS Naval Postgraduate School
1985-1986: Battalion Operations Officer, DMZ Field Artillery Mission, Korea
1986-1988: Instructor of Mathematics, USMA
1988-1990: Assistant Professor of Mathematics, USMA
1991-1994: PhD, Applied Mathematics, Naval Postgraduate School
1994-1998: Associate Professor of Mathematics, USMA
1998-2001: Professor and Deputy Head, Department of Mathematical Sciences, USMA
2001- : Professor and Head, Department of Mathematical Sciences, USMA