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Virgil Snyder

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9 Nov 1869

Dixon, Iowa, USA

4 Jan 1950

Ithaca, New York, USA

Virgil Snyder attended Iowa State College from 1886 to 1889 being awarded his Sc.B. in 1889. He then attended Cornell University from 1890 to 1892 when, as was the custom for American mathematicians at that time, he went to Germany. Snyder studied for his doctorate at Göttingen. He was awarded a doctorate in December 1894 for a dissertation Über die linearen Comlexe der Lie'schen Kugelgeometrie written under Klein 's supervision.

Snyder returned to Cornell University where he was to spend the rest of his career, first as an instructor, then from 1903 as assistant professor, being promoted to full professor in 1910. He retired in 1938 after a career which is summed up by Archibald in as follows:

During more than forty years at Cornell University, Professor Snyder has devoted himself whole-heartedly, and with high idealism, to improving the teaching of mathematics, to promoting the welfare of his students and guiding them into research, and to carrying on his own original work in the fields of geometry of the line and sphere, configurations of ruled surfaces, and birational transformations.

Snyder was an editor of the Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society from 1904 to 1920. He was vice-president of the American Mathematical Society in 1916 and president of the Society from 1927 to 1928.

In Archibald describes his interests as:

... a lover of travel ... intensely interested in politics ... favorite recreation is mountain climbing and going on long hikes...

Source:School of Mathematics and Statistics University of St Andrews, Scotland