Department of Mathematics Records, 1918 -- 2009

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From the founding of the university, mathematics was a required part of the Tufts student curriculum; originally, freshmen were offered geometry, and sophomores were offered trigonometry, with upper-level electives available to upperclassmen. In 1861, under the Walker Endowment for Mathematics, the position of tutor was created, which was filled by Benjamin Graves Brown. In 1865, this position was expanded and Brown became the first endowed professor of the school, as the Walker Professor of Mathematics. By 1874, the department was a "two-man" team consisting of Brown and S.W. Sutton, the Walker Special Instructor in Mathematics.

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