George Andrews (mathematician)

George Eyre Andrews
Fields Analysis and Combinatorics
Institutions Pennsylvania State University
Alma mater University of Pennsylvania
Doctoral advisor Hans Rademacher
Known for Ramanujan's lost notebook

George Eyre Andrews (born December 4, 1938 in Salem, Oregon)[1] is an American mathematician working in analysis and combinatorics.

Education and career

He is currently an Evan Pugh Professor of Mathematics at Pennsylvania State University.[2][3] He did his undergraduate studies at Oregon State University[2] and received his PhD in 1964 at the University of Pennsylvania where his advisor was Hans Rademacher.[1][4]

During 2008-2009 he was president[5] of the American Mathematical Society.


Andrews's contributions include several monographs and over 250 research and popular articles on q-series, special functions, combinatorics and applications.[6][7] He is considered to be the world's leading expert in the theory of integer partitions.[1][8] In 1976 he discovered Ramanujan's Lost Notebook.[2] He is highly interested in mathematical pedagogy.[2]

His book The Theory of Partitions is the standard reference on the subject of integer partitions.[1]

Awards and honors

Andrews is a member of the National Academy of Sciences.[2] He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1997.[9] In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[10]

He was given honorary doctorates from the University of Parma in 1998, the University of Florida in 2002, the University of Waterloo in 2004, SASTRA University in Kumbakonam, India in 2012, and University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign in 2014[6][11][12]



  1. 1 2 3 4 Berndt, Bruce C.; Rankin, Robert Alexander, eds. (1995), Ramanujan: Letters and Commentary, History of Mathematics, 9, American Mathematical Society, p. 305, ISBN 9780821891254, Andrews is generally recognized as the world's leading authority on partitions and is the author of the foremost treatise on the subject.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 Inaugural Biography Article at the National Academy of Sciences.
  3. Evan Pugh Professors, PSU, retrieved 2013-11-21.
  4. George Andrews at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  5. AMS presidents, a timeline
  6. 1 2 O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F., "George Andrews (mathematician)", MacTutor History of Mathematics archive, University of St Andrews.
  7. The work of George Andrews: a Madison perspective – by Richard Askey, in "The Andrews Festschrift (Maratea, 1998)", Sem. Lothar. Combin. vol. 42 (1999), Art. B42b, 24 pp.
  8. Alladi, Krishnaswami (2012), Ramanujan's Place in the World of Mathematics: Essays Providing a Comparative Study, Springer, p. 122, ISBN 9788132207672, George Andrews of the Pennsylvania State University, the world authority on partitions and q-geometric series.
  9. "Book of Members, 1780-2010: Chapter A" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved 18 April 2011.
  10. List of Fellows of the American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2012-11-03.
  11. Honorary doctorates for Andrews, Askey and Berndt
  12. Askey, Richard (1979). "Review: George E. Andrew, The theory of partitions". Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. (N.S.). 1 (1): 203–210. doi:10.1090/s0273-0979-1979-14556-7.
  13. Bressoud, David (2006). "Review: Ramanujan's Lost Notebook, Part I, by George Andrews and Bruce C. Berndt" (PDF). Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. (N.S.). 43 (4): 585–591. doi:10.1090/s0273-0979-06-01110-4.
  14. Wimp, Jet (2000). "Review: Special functions, by George Andrews, Richard Askey, and Ranjan Roy" (PDF). Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. (N.S.). 37 (4): 499–510. doi:10.1090/S0273-0979-00-00879-X.

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