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Department Holds Ceremony to Name Florian Cajori Classroom

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Science will host the annual meeting of the Rocky Mountain Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) on Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18. More than 200 attendees from all over the Rocky Mountain region are expected to attend the 100th anniversary of the national organization. It's appropriate to hold this anniversary meeting at Colorado College, because CC professor Florian Cajori was instrumental in the creation of the MAA and served as one of the first presidents of the organization.

The department will formally rename Palmer Hall 126 as the Florian Cajori Classroom at 1:45 p.m., Friday, April 17, and the public is invited to attend. Cajori taught courses in Palmer Hall for many years. The ceremony will include the unveiling of a plaque and photograph to commemorate the occasion, and there will be light refreshments and remarks from Mike Siddoway.

Cajori was educated at the University of Wisconsin and Tulane University. He served on the Colorado College faculty from 1889 to 1918. While at CC he taught both mathematics and physics, and served for a time as dean of the engineering department. Cajori was an eminent historian of mathematics, and published important works on the histories of mathematics, physics, and mathematical notation. In 1918 he moved to the University of California at Berkeley, where he assumed a chair in the History of Mathematics. At the time of his departure the student CC newspaper described him as the "best-known and best-liked professor in the college."

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