University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the Albert William Tucker Papers, 1946-1983

Descriptive Summary

Creator Tucker, Albert W. (Albert William), 1905-
Title: Albert William Tucker Papers
Dates: 1946-1983
Abstract Interview with Princeton mathematician Albert W. Tucker from 1979 and 1982 with reprints and photocopies of papers by and about Tucker and mathematics at Princeton University.
Accession No. 86-32; 2006-148
Extent 7 in.
Laguage Materials are in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note:

Albert William Tucker was born in 1905 in Ontario, Canada. He earned his Ph.D. from Princeton University in 1932 and joined the faculty there in 1933. Tucker was a member of the Princeton University Department of Mathematics until 1970, serving as department chairman during the 1950s and 1960s.

Albert W. Tucker (1905-1995) began his career as a topologist and is known for his work in linear programming and game theory. He was the creator of the paradox known as the "Prisoner's Dilemma." Tucker is also well known for the Karush-Kuhn-Tucker conditions, a basic result in non-linear programming. He taught and influenced many mathematicians during his long career at Princeton University, including his 1950 Ph.D. student John F. Nash, winner of the 1994 Nobel Prize in Economics. Tucker was also involved in mathematics education, serving as president of the MAA (1961-1962) and contributing to the Committee on the Undergraduate Program in Mathematics. The Mathematical Programming Society awards the A. W. Tucker Prize each year for an outstanding paper or thesis solely authored by a student.

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of reprints and photocopies of papers by and about Albert W. Tucker, and about mathematics at Princeton University. Included are taped interviews with Tucker by Albert C. Lewis (April 9, 1979, July 20, 1979; 2 sound tape reels, ca. 4 hours). The mathematicians discussed include: J. W. Alexander, S. Lefschetz, R. L. Moore, M. Morse, O. Veblen, A. Church, S. Bochner, L. P. Einsenhart, and S. S. Wilks. A transcript of the 1979 interview is in the Princeton Mathematics Community in the 1930s Oral History Collection. Also included is an interview with Tucker by Stephen B. Maurer.

Forms part of the Archives of American Mathematics.


Access Restrictions

Access to audio material may be restricted depending on the format and condtion of the tapes. All other material is unrestricted.

Use Restrictions

A portion of these papers are stored remotely at CDL. Advance notice required for retrieval. Contact repository for retrieval.

Index Terms

Tucker, Albert W. (Albert William), 1905-
Princeton University. Dept. of Mathematics

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Albert William Tucker Papers, 1946-1983, Archives of American Mathematics, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, University of Texas at Austin.

Detailed Description of the Papers

86-32/1 Reprints and photocopies of papers by and about Tucker and mathematics at Princeton University

86-32/1 Reel-to-reel tapes of interviews with Tucker by Albert C. Lewis, 1979


"An Interview with Albert W. Tucker:"

4RM126 Maurer, Stephen B., "An Interview with Albert W. Tucker," Two-Year College Mathematics Journal, Vol 14, No. 3, June 1983
4RM25c A. W. Tucker interview [audiocassettes]:
March 3, 1982
4RM25b June 14-15, 1982
June 28, 1982