Virgil Snyder (1869, Dixon, Iowa – 1950) was an American mathematician, specializing in algebraic geometry.

In 1886, Snyder matriculated at Iowa State College and graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1889. He attended Cornell University as a graduate student from 1890 to 1892, leaving to study mathematics in Germany on an Erastus W. Brooks fellowship. In 1895, he received a doctorate from the University of Göttingen under Felix Klein. In 1895, Snyder returned to Cornell as an instructor, becoming an assistant professor in 1905 and a full professor in 1910. In 1938, he retired as professor emeritus, having supervised 39 doctoral students, 13 of whom were women.[1] Of these students, perhaps the most well known is C. L. E. Moore. Snyder served as president of the American Mathematical Society for a two-year term in 1927 and 1928.

He was an Invited Speaker of the International Congress of Mathematicians in 1928 at Bologna, in 1932 at Zurich,[2] and in 1936 at Oslo.[3]

Snyder did research on configurations of ruled surfaces and Cremona and birational transformations.[4]

Selected works


  1. ^ Cornell Math – Early History
  2. ^ Richardson, R. G. D. (1932). "International Congress of Mathematicians, Zurich, 1932". Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 38: 769–774. doi:10.1090/S0002-9904-1932-05491-X. (See p. 772.)
  3. ^ Morse, Marston (1936). "The international Congress in Oslo". Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 42: 777–781. doi:10.1090/S0002-9904-1936-06421-9. (See p. 780.)
  4. ^ Coble, Arthur B. (1950). "Virgil Snyder, 1869–1950". Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 56 (5): 468–471. doi:10.1090/s0002-9904-1950-09413-0. MR 1565227.
  5. ^ Winger, Roy Martin (1916). "Review: Analytic Geometry of Space by Virgil Snyder and C. H. Sisam" (PDF). Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 22 (7): 350–354. doi:10.1090/s0002-9904-1916-02797-2.