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William Fogg Osgood (1864–1943) was an Americanmarker mathematician, born in Bostonmarker.

In 1886, he graduated from Harvardmarker, where, after studying at the universities of Göttingenmarker (1887–1889) and Erlangenmarker (Ph.D., 1890), he was instructor (1890–1893), assistant professor (1893–1903), and thenceforth professor of mathematics. He became professor emeritus in 1933. Osgood was chairman of the department of mathematics in Harvard from 1918 to 1922.

From 1899 to 1902, he served as editor of the Annals of Mathematics and in 1904–1905 was president of the American Mathematical Society, whose Transactions he edited in 1909–1910. In 1904, he was elected to the National Academy of Sciencesmarker.

The works of Osgood dealt with complex analysis, in particular conformal mappingand uniformization of analytic functions, and calculus of variations. He was invited by Felix Klein to write an article on complex analysis in the Enzyklopädie der mathematischen Wissenschaften whichwas later expanded in the book Lehrbuch der Funktionentheorie. Besides his research on analysis, Osgoodwas also interested in mathematical physics and wrote on the theory of the gyroscope.

Works by W. F. Osgood

Osgood's books include:



Bibliography

  • Bernard Osgood Koopman
William Fogg Osgood—In memoriam Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 50, 139–142 (1944).


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