January 22, 1874–January 17, 1954


LEONARD EUGENE DICKSON was born in Independence, Iowa on January 22, 1874. He was a brilliant undergraduate at the University of Texas, receiving his B.S. degree as valedictorian of his class in 1893. He was a chemist with the Texas Biological Survey from 1892–1893. He served as a teaching fellow at the University of Texas, receiving the M.A. degree in 1894. He held a fellowship at the University of Chicago from 1894 to 1896 and was awarded its first Ph.D. in mathematics in 1896. He spent the year 1896–1897 in Leipzig and Paris, was instructor in mathematics at the University of California 1897–1899, associate professor at Texas 1899–1900, assistant professor at Chicago 1900–1907, associate professor 1907–1910, and professor in 1910. He was appointed to the Eliakim Hastings Moore Distinguished Professorship in 1928, and became professor emeritus in 1939. He served as visiting professor at the University of California in 1914, 1918, and 1922.

Professor Dickson was awarded the $1,000 A.A.A.S. Prize

Reprinted from the Bulletin of the American Mathematical Society, vol. 61, no. 4, July 1955.

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