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Stephen Smale papers, 1950-1998.
BANC MSS 99/373 c oversize folder 1; BANC MSS 99/373 c roll 1; BANC MSS 99/373 c carton 1; BANC MSS 99/373 c carton 2; ...
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Stephen Smale papers, 1950-1998


Smale, Stephen, 1930-, creator


The collection includes materials relating to Smale's career in mathematics as well as to his involvement in the anti-war and free speech movements. Among those materials documenting Smale's academic career are correspondence relating to his own work as well as the work of the UC Berkeley math department, reprints and notes, lecture and seminar notes and materials, clippings, and a large banner for the Marker Lectures (Theory of Computation) at the University of Seoul. Among the materials documenting Smale's involvement in the anti-war and other protest movements include files on the Vietnam Day Committee at UC Berkeley; files, a map, and a scrapbook on the troop train protests; files on Smale's trip to Moscow and the reaction it produced; files on the Smale Case, including correspondence with the National Science Foundation as well as press coverage of the affair; manuscript drafts of Smale's memoir Days of Protest; and a few photographs of Smale, one of which shows Smale speaking in front of a banner for Mathematicians Against War and Racism.


1950 (issued)


Smale, Stephen -- 1930- -- Archives
Harrison, Jenny
Vietnam Day Committee (Berkeley, Calif.)
National Science Foundation (U.S.)
University of California, Berkeley. -- Department of Mathematics.
Freedom of speech -- California -- Berkeley
Protest movements -- California -- Berkeley
Peace movements -- California -- Berkeley
Demonstrations -- California -- Berkeley
Fields Prizes
Mathematicians -- California -- Berkeley
Mathematics -- Study and teaching
Mathematics -- United States
Mathematics -- Congresses


Included in: History of science and technology collection.
COLLECTION STORED, IN PART, OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for use.
Stephen Smale papers, BANC MSS 99/373 c, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.
Gift; of Stephen Smale; 1998.
Related item: From topology to computation [videorecording] : proceedings of the Smalefest, 1990 Aug. 5-9 (Motion Picture 893 D:1-18).
Stephen Smale, born in 1930 in Flint, Michigan, is an American mathematician who worked for over thirty years in the Department of Mathematics at the University of California, Berkeley (1960-1995). Early work produced proofs of a sphere eversion (1958) and the Poincaré conjecture for all dimensions greater than or equal to 5. His work in differential topology was followed by an interest in dynamical systems, which produced the famous Smale horseshoe. Smale was awarded the Fields Medal in 1966 and the Wolf Prize in mathematics in 2007. In addition to his work in mathematics, Smale was an activist in the anti-war movement and the free speech movement. He co-founded the Vietnam Day Committee in Berkeley, whose most prominent act was a 1965 Oakland demonstration intended to stop troop trains. In 1966, Smale travelled to the International Congress of Mathematicians in Moscow, where he was scheduled to deliver a paper and receive the Fields Medal. While in Moscow, Smale created controversy by issuing a statement from the steps of Moscow University that criticized both the war in Vietnam and what he perceived to be a new McCarthyism in the United States. This event was the catalyst for a congressional inquiry into the National Science Foundation's funding of Smale which became known as the Smale Case.
In English.


Faculty papers.

Physical Description:

4 cartons, 1 volume, 1 roll, 1 oversize folder (6.2 linear feet)




BANC MSS 99/373 c oversize folder 1
BANC MSS 99/373 c roll 1
BANC MSS 99/373 c carton 1
BANC MSS 99/373 c carton 2
BANC MSS 99/373 c carton 3
BANC MSS 99/373 c carton 4
BANC MSS 99/373 c v.1
BANC MSS 99/373 c
BANC MSS 99/373 c



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COLLECTION STORED, IN PART, OFF-SITE: Advance notice required for use.