What is the "Cox-Talbot" Lecture?
The Cox-Talbot Lecture was inaugurated in 1990 in honor of the first and fourth African-Americans to earn the doctoral degree in mathematics.
- Elbert Frank Cox (1895 -- 1969) was the first; he graduated from Cornell University with a Ph.D. in 1925. In 1929, Elbert Cox moved to Howard University. He served as Chairman of the Mathematics Department from 1955-61, and remained at Howard until his retirement in 1965. In 1975, the Howard University Mathematics Department, at the time of the inauguration of its Ph.D. program, established the Elbert F. Cox Scholarship Fund for undergraduate mathematics majors to encourage young black students to study mathematics at the graduate level.
- Walter Richard Talbot (1909 -- 1977) was the fourth; he graduated from the University of Pittsburg with a Ph.D. in 1935. In 1963, Walter Talbot moved to Morgan State University. He served as Chairman and Professor of Mathematics, and remained at Morgan State until his retirement in 1977. In 1978, NAM honored Walter Talbot "in memoria" at a luncheon and Morgan State University named a scholarship in his honor.
Each year NAM invites a mathematical scientist or educator who exemplifies the spirit of Cox and Talbot in both personal achievement and service to the mathematical community. The hour-long lecture takes place during the annual NAM Banquet as part of the Joint Mathematics Meetings.
Suggest the Next Cox-Talbot Lecturer!
We welcome nominations for future Cox-Talbot Lecturers! Please consider the following criteria:
- Cox-Talbot Lecturers should be prepared to present a banquet talk to a general audience. The talk need not contain mathematical content, but it should address an issue of interest to our general membership.
- We prefer speakers who have not given a Cox-Talbot Lecture in the past.
- We seek a diversity of speakers. Please remember that our intended audience will feature a diversity of race/ethnicity, gender, age, and subject matter.
E-mail your nominations here:
Past Cox-Talbot Lectures
A Seat at the Table: Equity and Social Justice in Mathematics Education
Earl R. Barnes (Morgan State University)
The Maryland Experience: Building a Community of African American Graduate Students
The Right Train
The End of One Era, the Dawn of Another
Some 21st Century Challenges and Opportunities for Minorities in Mathematics, Science and Engineering
Some of My Favorite Mathematicians
Some Perspective about Mathematics and Mathematics Education
Some Perspectives About Underrepresented American Minorities in Mathematics
Challenges and Opportunities for Minorities in Science and Mathematics
No Cox-Talbot Lecture
Ethomathematics: A natural focus for NAM
No Cox-Talbot Lecture
Some Milestones of the Past, Challenges of the Future