Morse, Harold (1892 - 1977)

Genre: Non-Fiction - Scholarly

Harold Calvin Marston (he preferred to be called Marston) Morse was born and raised in Waterville, ME. He received his bachelors degree from Colby College (1914) and his master's and PhD from Harvard (1915, 1917 resp.). He taught at Harvard, Brown and Cornell, then went to Princeton in 1935 where he remained until his retirement in 1962.

Morse is best known for what is known as Morse Theory -- a branch of differential topology, an important component of string theory and other subjects in mathematical physics. He received many awards and honorary degrees for his work.

Selected Bibliography

  • The Calculus of Variations in the Large (1934)
  • Topological Methods in the Theory of Functions of a Complex Variable (1947)