Clarence Abiathar Waldo

Clarence Abiathar Waldo

Birth
Hammond, St. Lawrence County, New York, USA
Death 1 Oct 1926 (aged 74)
New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
Burial Bridgeport, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
Memorial ID 54425595 · View Source
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Professor Clarence Abiathar Waldo (January 21, 1852 - October 1, 1926) was an American mathematician, author and educator today most famous for the role he played in the Indiana Pi Bill affair. Born in Hammond, New York, Waldo married Abby Wright Allen (1856-?) in Stamford, Connecticut in 1881. In 1884 they had a daughter, Alice J. Waldo. Waldo received his A.B. (1875) and A.M. (1878) degrees from Wesleyan University and his Ph.D. (1893) from Syracuse University. He was tutor at the Department of Mathematics of Wesleyan University from 1877 to 1881. In 1888 Waldo published A manual of descriptive geometry, with numerous problems. Waldo is listed in the Terre Haute, Indiana city directories for 1890 and 1892 as professor of mathematics and librarian at Rose Polytechnic Institute. He served at Rose between 1883 and 1891. In 1895, Waldo became head professor of mathematics at Purdue University and served there until 1908, when he moved to Washington University, remaining there until he retired in 1917. Waldo was a charter member of the Indiana Academy of Science and served as the Academy's president in 1897. He achieved a modicum of fame that year when he explained to members of the Indiana State Senate why a bill to redefine the value of pi should not be adopted. Waldo died in New York City.


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  • Created by: Peterborough K
  • Added: 3 Jul 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 54425595
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Clarence Abiathar Waldo (21 Jan 1852–1 Oct 1926), Find A Grave Memorial no. 54425595, citing Mountain Grove Cemetery and Mausoleum, Bridgeport, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by Peterborough K (contributor 46537737) .