A team of Harvard Graduate students in mathematics has won third place in the 23rd William Lowell Putnam Mathematical Competition. The members of the team, selected by Andrew M. Gleason, professor of Mathematics, were Lawrence Corwin, John N. Mather, and William C. Waterhouse. The $300 prize will go to the University.
Among the top five individual contestants were William C. Waterhouse and John Wood from Harvard. According to the competition's rules, the American Mathematical Association will select one of these five to receive a $3,000 grant for study at the University's Graduate School of Mathematics.
Jeff Cheeger, Paul R. Chernoff, James Dowling, Melvin Hochster, John N. Mather, and George Shapiro received honorable mentions.