In celebration of the bicentennial of the United States Military Academy (USMA) in 2002, this book biographs 200 West Point graduates who have made significant contribution to and impact upon America’s scientific professions (mathematicians, scientists, engineers, technologists).
The biographies emphasize the professional aspects of their lives, while highlighting noteworthy accomplishments such as military service, political service, humanitarian deeds, business success, and personal adventure. Many photographs and portraits of the honorees are included.
USMA’s primary mission is to develop leaders for America’s military, but as America’s first science-based engineering college, West Point’s impact on the technical and educational cultures of America has been significant and noteworthy. West Point’s leader development system, which has creditably produced America’s military leaders for two centuries, also developed numerous technical leaders, who have greatly impacted American history.
This book provides insights and highlights on 200 of the most significant of these people. This group is referred to as The Scientific 200 (or The 200) in this volume. Of the nearly 58,500 West Point graduates (as of June 2001), thousands have served in technical positions or as technical educators (both in and out of the military). These 200 are exemplary representatives of the numerous successful graduates, who have contributed to America’s technological achievements.
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Chris Arney retired from 30 years of Army service as a brigadier general in 2001 and serves as the dean of the School of Mathematics and Sciences at The College of Saint Rose in Albany, NY. He is the author or editor of 15 technical books (mathematics texts, educational monographs, and a web-based text supplement) and over 100 journal articles, written under his given name David C. Arney. He recently co-authored a historical book on West Point’s mathematics book collection. Writing under the penname Alan Firstone, Chris wrote a historical novel, Son of the Silvery Waters, and annotated a previously published biography. He directs an international mathematics contest and edits several mathematics journals.
Chris earned his Ph.D. from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and recently received a national undergraduate teaching award. As a 1971 graduate of USMA and a mathematics faculty member at the Academy for 18 years, Chris has experienced first-hand the science program at the Academy, which advanced his interest in the history of American science education. Writing his first work under the sobriquet of Chris, he celebrates USMA’s Bicentennial with the publication of West Point’s Scientific 200.Review:
"... a fitting bicentennial tribute to portray ... the graduates of the Academy who have contributed so much to ... our great nation." -- John L. Sharf, Professor of Engineering, Carroll, Montana
"...a compelling discussion of the pioneering efforts and major role West Pointers have played in the ... development of American science." -- George Gilmore, USMA, 1971
"...as Chris Arney has ably shown, the contributions of graduates to science present a magnificent story in its own right." -- COL Kip Nygren, US Army, West Point, NY
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Book Description Palmetto Bookworks, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1887301151