Virgil Snyder

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Virgil Snyder (born November 9, 1869 in Dixon, Iowa; † January 4, 1950 in Ithaca, New York) was an American mathematician.

Snyder was descended on his father’s side from original German immigrants (named Schneider), and his father was a farmer in Iowa. From 1886 to 1889 he studied at Iowa State College and then at Cornell University. In 1892 he joined Felix Klein in Göttingen, with whom he received his doctorate in 1894(On the linear complexes of Lie’s spherical geometry).[1] Returning in 1895, he became an instructor at Cornell University, where he received a full professorship in 1910 and became emeritus professor in 1938.

In 1942/43 he was a visiting professor at Brown University and in 1943/44 at Rollins College in Winter Park in Florida.

He worked on algebraic geometry (ruled surfaces , Cremona transformations and others).

From 1927 to 1928 he was president of the American Mathematical Society and edited its Bulletin from 1903 to 1921. In 1919 he became a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 1922 he received an honorary doctorate from Padua. Snyder was a member of the Circolo Matematico di Palermo and of the German Mathematical Association. He was U.S. delegate to the International Congresses of Mathematicians in Bologna in 1928 and in Oslo in 1936.

He supervised 38 graduate students which included MIT professor C. L. E. Moore and Fay Farnum.


  • with James McMahon: Treatise on Differential Calculus, 1898
  • with John I. Hutchinson: Differential and Integral Calculus, 1902
  • with John H. Tanner: Plane and Solid Geometry, 1911
  • with John I. Hutchinson: Elementary Textbook on the Calculus, 1912
  • with Charles H. Sisam: Analytic Geometry of Space, 1914

Web links

  • John J. O’Connor, Edmund F. Robertson:Virgil Snyder. In MacTutor History of Mathematics archive.

Individual references

  1. Virgil Snyder in the Mathematics Genealogy Project (English) Template:MathGenealogyProject/Maintenance/id used