# Lester R. Ford

*This is about early- and mid-20th-century mathematician. For his mathematician son, active from the mid-20th century, see L. R. Ford Jr.*

Lester Randolph Ford Sr. | |
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Born |
Missouri | October 25, 1886

Died |
November 11, 1967 81) Charlottesville, Virginia | (aged

Residence | United States |

Nationality | American |

Fields | Mathematics |

Institutions | Mathematical Association of America |

Alma mater | Missouri State University, Harvard University |

Doctoral advisor | Maxime Bôcher |

Doctoral students | Edwin Beckenbach |

Known for | Ford circles |

Children | L. R. Ford Jr. |

**Lester Randolph Ford Sr.** (October 25, 1886 – November 11, 1967) was an American mathematician, editor of the *American Mathematical Monthly* from 1942 to 1946, and President of the Mathematical Association of America from 1947 to 1948.^{[1]}

Ford circles are named after him.^{[1]} He is the father of L. R. Ford Jr.^{[1]}

In 1964, the MAA recognised his contribution to mathematics by establishing the Lester R. Ford Awards for authors of articles of expository excellence published in *The American Mathematical Monthly* or *Mathematics Magazine*.^{[1]}^{[2]}^{[3]}^{[4]} His doctoral students include Edwin Beckenbach.

## Publications

- Ford, Lester R. (1929),
*Automorphic functions*, New York, McGraw-Hill, ISBN 978-0-8218-3741-2, JFM 55.0810.04^{[5]}

## References

- 1 2 3 4 O'Connor, John J.; Robertson, Edmund F., "Lester R. Ford",
*MacTutor History of Mathematics archive*, University of St Andrews. - ↑ Lester R. Ford Award
- ↑ Paul R. Halmos – Lester R. Ford Awards, Mathematical Association of America
- ↑ MAA presidents: Lester Randolph Ford Sr.
- ↑ Ritt, J. F. (1930). "Review: Lester R. Ford,
*Automorphic Functions*".*Bull. Amer. Math. Soc*.**36**(1): 35. doi:10.1090/s0002-9904-1930-04880-6.

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