The W.E. Milne Collection documents Milne's mathematics research and consists primarily of Milne's research publications. Milne headed the Mathematics Department at Oregon State College from 1932 to 1955 and was a pioneer in numerical analysis and computer mathematics.
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Mathematics Professor William Edmund (Ted) Milne headed the Mathematics
Department at Oregon State College from 1932 until 1955.
Born in Pendleton, Oregon, Milne earned an A.B. degree in Mathematics
from Whitman College in 1912 and A.M. and Ph.D. degrees from Harvard University
in 1913 and 1915. He served on the faculty of Bowdoin College from 1915 until
1918 and then spent one year during World War I working with a group of
mathematicians at Aberdeen Proving Ground on problems of ballistic path
calculations. In 1919 he returned to Oregon as a faculty member in mathematics
at the University of Oregon. In 1932, he became head of the Mathematics
Department at Oregon State College, a position he held until his retirement in
1955. In 1950-1951, he held a substitute position in the National Bureau of
Standards Institute for Numerical Analysis.
Milne was a pioneer in numerical analysis and computer mathematics and
was known around the world for the "Milne method" of solving differential
equations and for his three textbooks and many technical papers. He continued
his research after retirement and was awarded the OSU Distinguished Service
Award posthumously in June 1971. The Milne Computer Center was dedicated in his
name in April 1972.
The W.E. Milne Collection consists primarily of mathematical
publications (including reprints) by Milne. It also includes reprints of
publications by others sent to Milne; a portrait photograph of Milne; and the
final page of the console printer log from the OS-3 Operating System on the
Control Data Corp. 3300 computer which served Oregon State University from 1965
Of particular note among Milne's publications is the 1953 Russian
translation of his publication,
Numerical Solutions of Differential
Use of the Collection
Restrictions on Access :
Collection is open for research.
Preferred Citation :
W.E. Milne Collection, Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis,
Acquisition Information :
These materials were transferred to the Archives from the Milne Computer
Center in 1996.
Related Materials :
The Mathematics Department Records (RG 136) include Milne's general
correspondence from the 1930s. A detailed history of the Milne Family is
available in the Memorabilia Collection (MC - Milne, W.E. and Bessie, Family