Wilson, Edwin Bidwell, 1879-1964.

Oral history interview with Edwin Bidwell Wilson, 1963 June.

Early education and family; early aptitude for mathematics; to Harvard University at sixteen (B. L. Peirce, William F. Osgood, Sabin), B.A. 1899; mathematical physics; Yale University, Ph.D., 1901; to École normale supérieur as postgraduate (Henri Poincaré, Picard); Willard Gibbs; understanding quantum theory (Max Planck, Lord Kelvin). Teaches in Yale Mathematics Department, 1903-1907; to Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1907; teaches courses in special relativity (G. N. Lewis) and aeronautics (Hansecher), 1912; becomes head of Physics Department (Dorothy Weeks, Mildred Allen), 1917; writing textbook on advanced calculus. To Harvard School of Public Health as professor of vital statistics, 1922; comparison of administration of Harvard and MIT (James Conant, Lowell); discussion of mathematicians and physicists (Whittaker, R. A. Fisher, Poincaré, Albert Einstein, Hendrik Lorentz); philosophy of teaching; George K. Ziph. Consultant to Office of Naval Research after retirement in 1945.

Professor of mathemataics, School of Public Health, Harvard University 1922-1945; Consultant with Office of Naval Research from 1948.

Conant, James Bryant, 1893-1978

Einstein, Albert, 1879-1955

Gibbs, J. Willard (Josiah Willard), 1839-1903.

Kelvin, William Thomson, Baron, 1824-1907.

Lewis, Gilbert Newton, 1875-1946.

Lorentz, H. A. (Hendrik Antoon), 1853-1928.

Osgood, William F. (William Fogg), 1864-1943.

Picard, Emile, 1856-1941.

Planck, Max, 1858-1947.

Poincaré, Henri, 1854-1912.

Wilson, Edwin Bidwell, 1879-1964.

Ecole normale supérieure (France).

Harvard School of Public Health. Faculty.

Harvard University.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

United States. Office of Naval Research

Yale University.

Yale University. Dept. of Mathematics.

Aeronautics.

Calculus.

Mathematical physics -- Study and teaching.

Quantum theory.

Special relativity (Physics).

Statistics -- Study and teaching.

Teaching -- Philosophy.

Oral histories. aat

Interviews. aat

Sound recordings. aat

Transcripts. aat

Allen, Mildred, 1894-1990.

Fisher, R. A.

Hansecher.

Lowell.

Peirce, B. O. (Benjamin Osgood), 1854-1914.

Weeks, Dorothy Walcott.

Whittaker.

Ziph, George K.

Lindsay, Robert Bruce, 1900- interviewer.

King, W. James. interviewer.

AIP-ICOS

American Institute of Physics. Niels Bohr Library & Archives. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA