Department of Mathematics

Department of Mathematics


10/1889 First Mathematics courses

Courses in mathematics offered when the College of Agriculture and Mechanic Arts opens


1895 Department of Civil Engineering and Mathematics established

Mechanics Course curricula divided; result was the creation of the Department of Civil Engineering and Mathematics


1949 Female faculty increases

Twenty-two women are listed on the faculty, most at the instructor or laboratory technician level. Departments with more than one female member include English (six), Statistics (three), Textiles (three), and Modern Languages (two). Women are also on the faculty in Architecture, Agricultural Economics, Mathematics, Physics, Social Studies, Chemistry, Engineering, Research, and Agronomy.


1966 Report on Computing Center

Paul E. Lewis and John W. Cell of the Department of Mathematics write a report recommending the reconstitution of the Computing Center into the Department of Computer Science within the School of Physical Sciences and Applied Mathematics.

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5/20/1968 John W. Cell Library dedicated

The Cell Library was founded as a departmental library for mathematics and named for John W. Cell, head of the Department of Mathematics.


1974 NC State hires Dr. Lawrence M. Clark

NC State hired Dr. Lawrence M. Clark (1934-2012) as Associate Provost. Dr. Clark was the second African American to serve as a university administrator. In addition to serving as a professor of mathematics education, Dr. Clark coordinated all activities related to the university’s Affirmative Action Plan. Dr. Clark was instrumental in the founding of NC State’s African American Cultural Center, the Peer Mentor program, and the African American Symposium.


2004 Department of Mathematics History

Nicholas J. Rose wrote the History of the Mathematics Department at North Carolina State University. A version of this publication exists on the departmental website.

2009 SAS Hall dedicated

SAS Hall is dedicated as the new home of the Departments of Mathematics and Statistics. The 119,000 square-foot building houses state-of-the-art classrooms, computer labs, tutorial centers and meeting and study space for students and faculty.

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