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Max Mason

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Dates

October 26, 1877 – March 22, 1961

Authorized Form of Name

Mason, Max, 1877-1961

Additional Forms of Names

Mason, Charles Max, 1877-1961

Biography

Abstract

Charles Max Mason was Chair, Observatory Council at the California Institute of Technology (1936-1951). Other institutional affiliations included Rockefeller Foundation and the University of Chicago. His research interests included mathematical physics and submarine research.

Important Dates

October 26, 1877Birth, Madison (Wis.).

1898Obtained BL, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Madison (Wis.).

1903Obtained PhD in Mathematics, University of Göttingen, Göttingen (Germany).

1903 – 1904Instructor in Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

1904 – 1908Assistant Professor, Sheffield Scientific School, Yale University.

1908 – 1925Associate Professor (1908-1910) and Professor of Mathematical Physics (1910-1925), University of Wisconsin, Madison, Madison (Wis.).

1911 – 1912Lecturer, Harvard University.

1917 – 1919Member, Submarine Committee, National Research Council.

1917 – 1919Researcher, Naval Experiment Station, United States Navy.

1923Member, National Academy of Sciences.

1925 – 1928President, University of Chicago.

1928 – 1936Director, Natural Sciences Division (1928-1929) and President (1930-1936), Rockefeller Foundation, New York (N.Y.).

1936 – 1951Vice Chair, Observatory Council (1936-1938); Member, Executive Council (1936-1951); Chair, Observatory Council (1938-1951); and Member, Board of Trustees (1945-1951), California Institute of Technology, Pasadena (Calif.).

March 22, 1961Death, Claremont (Calif.).

Occupation

Mathematical physicist.

Places

Birth

Madison (Wis.)

Undergraduate Education

Madison (Wis.)

Graduate Education

Göttingen (Germany)

Employment

Madison (Wis.)

Pasadena (Calif.)

Death

Claremont (Calif.)

Subjects

Electromagnetic fields.

Mathematical physics.

Mathematics.

Relationships

People

Family

Mason, Daphne Crane Martin

Second wife.

Mason, Edwin Cole

Father.

Mason, Josephine Vrooman

Mother.

Mason, Mary Louise Freeman

First wife.

Mason, Maxwell

Son.

Mason, Molly

Daughter.

Mason, Vroman, 1873-1941

Brother.

Mason, William

Son.

Advisors & Collaborators

Farnsworth, H. E. (Harrison Edward), 1896-1989

Advised by Mason at University of Wisconsin, Madison, "Bombardment of metal surfaces by slow-moving electrons."

Hilbert, David

PhD advisor at Universität Göttingen, "Randwertaufgaben bei gewöhnlichen Differentialgleichungen."

Slichter, Louis B. (Louis Byrne), 1896-1978

Advised by Mason at University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Colleagues

Allison, Samuel King, 1900-1965

Both employed at University of Chicago.

Compton, Arthur Holly, 1892-1962

Both employed at University of Chicago.

Dempster, Arthur Jeffrey

Both employed at University of Chicago.

DuBridge, Lee A. (Lee Alvin), 1901-1994

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Eckart, Carl, 1902-1973

Both employed at University of Chicago.

Hilberry, Norman, 1899-

Both employed at University of Chicago.

Millikan, Robert Andrews, 1868-1953

Both employed at California Institute of Technology.

Mulliken, Robert Sanderson

Both employed at University of Chicago.

Ross, Frank E. (Frank Elmore), 1874-1960

Both employed at University of Chicago.

Webster, David Locke, 1888-1976

Both employed at Harvard University.

Additional

Bowen, Ira Sprague, 1898-1973

Cope, Thomas D. (Thomas Darlington)

Lewis, E. Percival (Exum Percival), 1863-1925

Institutions

Major Positions

California Institute of Technology

Vice Chair and Chair, Observatory Council; Member, Executive Committee; and Member, Board of Trustees.

Harvard University. Department of Mathematics

Lecturer.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Mathematics

Instructor in Mathematics.

Rockefeller Foundation

Director, Natural Sciences Division and President.

United States. Navy

Researcher, Naval Experiment Station.

University of Chicago

President.

University of Wisconsin--Madison. Mathematics Department

Obtained BL (1898). Associate Professor of Mathematics and Professor of Mathematical Physics.

Yale University. Physics Department

Assistant Professor, Sheffield Scientific School.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member.

National Research Council (U.S.)

Member, Submarine Committee.

Universität Göttingen. Mathematisches Institut

Obtained PhD in Mathematics (1903).

Resources

Archival Resources

Author

Max Mason papers, 1750-1815.

Library and Archives

Royal Observatory, Edinburgh

Edinburgh, Scotland, UK

Max Mason papers, 1898-1961.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Papers of physicists and astronomers in Hoover Library, 1918-1965.

Herbert Hoover Presidential Library

West Branch, IA 52358, USA

Subject

E. Percival Lewis papers, 1903-1925.

Manuscripts Department. Southern Historical Collection

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Wilson Library CB# 3926, Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3926, USA

Oral history interview with Ira Bowen, 1968 August 9 and 1969 August 26.

Niels Bohr Library & Archives

American Institute of Physics

One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740, USA

Thomas Darlington Cope papers, circa 1909-1964.

Library

American Philosophical Society

105 South Fifth Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA

Published Resources

Author

The electromagnetic field / [by] Max Mason ... [and] Warren Weaver …

The New Haven mathematical colloquium : Lectures delivered before members of the American Mathematical Society in connection with the summer meeting, held September 5th to 8th, 1906, under the auspices of Yale University / by Eliakim Hastings Moore, Ernest Julius Wilczynski, Max Mason.

Subject

"Max Mason: 1877-1961", Biographical Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences

Max Mason Physics Today obituary.