Ralph G. Stanton, Canadian mathematician, teacher, scholar and pioneer in mathematics and computing education, was born in 1923 in Lambeth, Ontario. He was educated at the University of Western Ontario (BA in Mathematics and Physics, 1944) and then at the University of Toronto (MA, PhD, 1945 and 1948), where he taught from 1946 to 1957. In 1957 he came to the University of Waterloo as its first mathematics professor and head of the Mathematics Department; as a result of his efforts, in 1967 Waterloo became the first university in North America to have mathematics as a separate faculty. In 1967 he left Waterloo for York University to start a graduate program in mathematics. In 1970 he moved to the Department of Computing Science at the University of Manitoba, serving as Head, Professor, and since 1984, as Distinguished Professor.
Ralph Stanton's impact on mathematical education, particularly in computer science, has been substantial. He introduced computing in the classroom at the University of Waterloo in 1960, introduced co-operative programs in applied mathematics and in computer science and served as Graduate Dean from 1960 to 1966. He encouraged teaching of computing science and mathematics at the secondary school level. He served as editor of two high school mathematical journals, on provincial (Ontario) curriculum committees and was actively involved in developing what is now the Canadian Mathematics Competition. He introduced graduate work in mathematics at York University and at the University of Manitoba built up the Computing Science Department with an emphasis on applied computer science. He has also produced a large body of scholarly contributions in algebra, applied statistics, mathematical biology and combinatorics. He has received honourary degrees from the University of Queensland (D.Sc., hon. causa, 1989), the University of Natal (D.Sc., hon. causa, 1997) and the University of Waterloo (D.Math, hon. causa, 1997).
In 1985 he was awarded the Killam prize in Mathematics.
Stanton, Ralph G.
Ralph G. Stanton fonds. - 1935-1996.
3.5 m. of textual records.
Contents: fonds consists of material relating to the activities, interests and career of Ralph G. Stanton from 1935 to 1995, beginning with his school days in the 1930's and 40's.
Consists primarily of personal and professional correspondence to and from Ralph G. Stanton and family members, friends, colleagues and students.
Includes clippings, correspondence, ephemera, examination papers, periodical articles, memoranda, etc. Arrangement is alphabetical.
Title from contents of the fonds.
Donated by Ralph G. Stanton in 2004.
Some files are restricted.
Finding aid available: file level.
Contents notes by Charlotte Woodley, 2005.
Related records can be found in GA 225, Ralph G. Stanton fonds : accruals.
Call number: GA 166
Stanton, Ralph G.
Ralph G. Stanton fonds : accruals. - [19--]-2008.
4.29 m of textual records and other material.
Contents: fonds consists of materials relating to the career, interests, and personal life of Ralph G. Stanton, primarily relating to his education and duties at the University of Waterloo, conferences he attended, and offprints. Includes correspondence, course and lecture notes, teaching materials, information on the history of the University of Waterloo, offprints and reprints, conference materials etc.
Arranged in eleven series as follows:
- Education ;
- Professorship ;
- Research ;
- Conferences ;
- Offprints and Reprints ;
- University of Waterloo ;
- York University ;
- University of Manitoba ;
- Personal ;
- Photographs and Video ;
Title as previously established.
Extent is measured in linear meters of shelf space as occupied by the accrual.
Also includes 1 photograph, 1 videocassette, 2 plaques, 1 medal, 1 paperweight, 1 pen holder.
Donated by Ralph Stanton in 2005 and 2009.
The series structure follows that of the original Finding Aid, so not all series numbers appear.
Some items restricted in series 6 and 7.
Detailed finding aid available.
Related records can be found in GA 166, Ralph G. Stanton fonds.
Call number: GA 225