Lester Randolph Ford Sr.
|Born||October 25, 1886|
Missouri , US
|Died||November 11, 1967 (aged 81)|
|Alma mater||University of Missouri, Harvard University|
|Known for||Ford circles|
|Children||L. R. Ford Jr.|
Margaret Houston Ford
|Institutions||Rice University, Mathematical Association of America|
|Doctoral advisor||Maxime Bôcher|
|Doctoral students||Edwin Beckenbach|
Lester Randolph Ford Sr. (October 25, 1886 – November 11, 1967) was an American mathematician, editor of the American Mathematical Monthly from 1942 to 1946, and President of the Mathematical Association of America from 1947 to 1948.
Ford's first degree, Bachelor of Pedagogy, was from a Normal school in Missouri. He then attended the University of Missouri in Columbia, graduating with a B. A. in 1911. For graduate work he went to Harvard University in 1912 and 13. Ford was then called to Scotland, where in 1914 he was instructor of mathematics at University of Edinburgh. Games of chess on campus gave Ford some social contact and reputation. In 1915 Ford published An Introduction to the Theory of Automorphic Functions as Edinburgh Mathematical Tract # 6.
Moving north to Chicago, Ford taught at Armour Institute, soon to become Illinois Institute of Technology. From there he went to the editorship of The American Mathematical Monthly during World War II. Ford was president of the Mathematical Association of America for 1947,8.
In 1964, the MAA recognised his contribution to mathematics by establishing the Lester R. Ford Awards for authors of articles of expository excellence published in The American Mathematical Monthly or Mathematics Magazine. (The prize is now known as the Paul R. Halmos - Lester R. Ford Awards.) His doctoral students include Edwin Beckenbach.