Since its founding in 1891, many people have passed through the doors of the Vatican Observatory. A quick perusal of our guestbook reveals several Names, including Popes, nobel laureates, astronauts, actors, and saints. Today’s guestbook entry is from March 28, 1922, when Raymond Clare Archibald made a visit.
Next to his name, Raymond Clare Archibald (1875-1955) wrote, “Professor of Pure Mathematics, Brown Univ., Providence, R.I.” He was a mathematician, mathematics librarian, and mathematics historian.
The year of his visit (1922), he was president of the Mathematical Association of America.
He founded the journal Mathematical Tables and Other Aids to Computation. He edited several other mathematical journals.
He grew the Brown University mathematical library into one of the preeminent resources in the field.
He founded the Mary Mellish Archibald Memorial Library, which grew to over 23,000 volumes during his lifetime.
He also served as librarian for the American Mathematical Society from 1921-1941.