David Widder

David Vernon Widder (25 March 1898 – 8 July 1990) was an American mathematician. He earned his Ph.D. at Harvard University in 1924 under George Birkhoff and went on to join the faculty there.

David Widder
Born(1898-03-25)25 March 1898
Died8 July 1990(1990-07-08) (aged 92)
Alma materHarvard University
Scientific career
InstitutionsHarvard University
Doctoral advisorGeorge D. Birkhoff
Doctoral studentsR. Creighton Buck
Ralph P. Boas, Jr.
Solomon W. Golomb
Donald J. Newman
Harry Pitt
Harry Pollard

He was a co-founder of the Duke Mathematical Journal and the author of the textbook Advanced Calculus. He wrote also The Laplace transform (in which he gave a first solution to Landau's problem on the Dirichlet eta function), An introduction to transform theory, and The convolution transform (co-author with I. I. Hirschman).


  • A Century of Mathematics in America by Peter L. Duren and Richard Askey, American Mathematical Society, 1988, ISBN 0-8218-0130-9.
  • A History of the Second Fifty Years, American Mathematical Society 1939-1988 By Everett Pitcher, American Mathematical Society, 1988, ISBN 0-8218-0125-2.

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