Raymond Woodard Brink, 1941-1942 MAA President
Born: January 4, 1890, Newark, New Jersey
Died: December 27, 1973, La Jolla, California
Raymond Woodard Brink was a mathematics professor at the University of Minnesota and a textbook author.
The 27th annual meeting, scheduled for December 30-31, 1942, in New York, New York was cancelled due to transportation difficulties during World War II.
In November 1943, Brink gave his retiring presidential address on "College Mathematics During Reconstruction." Thirty years later, J.M.H. Olmsted reflected that the address had shown "astonishing accuracy of foresight."
Education and Career
Brink joined the University of Minnesota mathematics faculty in 1917, chaired the department from 1928 to 1932 and from 1939 to until he retired in 1957. He spent 1916-17, 1924-25, and 1932-33 studying at the Sorbonne. He was a visiting professor at the University of Miami in 1958-59.
Brink was on the MAA board of trustees (1934-40) and assisted in the publication of the American Mathematical Monthly by reviewing books and refereeing papers for it. He was also active in the American Mathematical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science.