Two Harvard professors were among the 47 men to receive John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowships in order to enable them to carry on research and creative work in this country and abroad.
Walter H. Piston '24, assistant professor of Music, is to receive assistance for creative work in musical composition both here and abroad. Professor Piston has been holder of the John Knowles Paine Fellowship and has written a book entitled, "Principles of Harmonic Analysis." His compositions have been played by the Boston, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles Symphony Orchestras and by orchestras in Paris.
David V. Widder '20, associate professor of Mathematics, was also given a fellowship. Professor Widder intends to study the relations between the general theory of function space and the theory of Laplace integrals, abroad.
After graduating with an A.B. in 1920, he held a Sheldon travelling fellowship and studied in France, Italy, Switzerland and England. When the fellowship expired he returned as an instructor and in 1923 get an A.M. and in 1924 a Ph.D. For the next two years he taught at Bryn Mawr and then studied at the University of Chicago on a National Research Fellowship. Since then he has studied at the Rice Institute, Texas, and the University of Minnesota, and has also returned to head the mathematics department.