G. B. HALSTED
G. B. Halsted, retired professor of mathematics and
member of the second faculty of The University of Texas at Austin, died
on March 16, 1922. He was 68.
Professor Halsted was born on November 25, 1853, in
Newark, New Jersey. He received bachelor's and master's degrees from
Princeton University in 1875 and 1878, respectively. He held a mathematical
fellowship while a student at Princeton. He was awarded a PhD from Johns
Hopkins University in 1879.
Professor Halsted was a tutor and instructor at Princeton
University. He joined the faculty of the University in 1884, where he
held the chair of pure and applied mathematics. He resigned his position
in 1903 to teach at St. John's College.
Professor Halsted was internationally
known as a scholar and creative teacher. Especially noteworthy were
his translations and commentaries relating to non-Euclidean geometry,
including works by Bolyai, Lobachevski, Saccheri, and Poincaré.
He wrote an elementary geometry text, Rational Geometry, based
on Hilbert's axioms, which was translated into French, German, and Japanese.
Professor Halsted was a member of the
American Mathematical Society and served as vice president of the American
Association for the Advancement of Science.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Teresa Palomo
Acosta and posted on the Faculty Council web site on January 5,
2001. Additional biographical sources can be found in the Barker
Texas History Center.