Howard Wright Alexander

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Howard Wright Alexander (19 June 1911, Toronto – 28 June 1985, Richmond, Indiana) was a Canadian-American mathematician.

Wright emigrated from Canada to the United States in 1937. He received his Ph.D. in 1939 from Princeton University.[1] As a Quaker, he was a conscientious objector during World War II and did alternative national service. At Earlham College he became an associate professor of mathematics in 1952 and retired there in 1976 as professor emeritus. He was an Invited Speaker at the International Congress of Mathematicians in 1950 in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

He married Mary Alice Nace in 1942; they had six children.

Selected publications

  • "Role of the mean curvature in the immersion theory of surfaces". Transactions of the American Mathematical Society. 47: 230–253. 1940. doi:10.1090/s0002-9947-1940-0001621-7. MR 0001621. 
  • "A general test for trend". Psychological Bulletin. 43 (6): 533–557. 1946. doi:10.1037/h0057817. 
  • "Elements of mathematical statistics". John Wiley & Sons. 1961; xi+367 pages [2]
  • with Roland Frederick Smith: "Descriptive statistics: a self-instruction program". Boston: Heath. 1965; 100 pages 
  • The language and the reality of Quakerism. 1980. 
  • George Fox and the early Quakers. Pamphlet series. Friends United Press; 12 pages 
  • Rufus M. Jones (ed.). Journal of George Fox. Friends United Press; Foreword by Henry J. Cadbury, Glossary by Howard Alexander; 608 pages 


  1. ^ Howard Wright Alexander at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  2. ^ Elements of mathematical statistics by Howard W. Alexander, PsycNet - Display Record, American Psychological Association

External links

  • 19600101 Howard Alexander - YouTube, uploaded 16 Nov. 2013

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