Alexander Doniphan Wallace was born on August 21, 1905 in Hampton, Virginia. He received his B.A. degree from the University of Virginia in 1935, his M.A. degree from the University of Virginia in 1936, and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia in 1940. He began his professional career as an Instructor at Princeton University, 1940 – 41, and then went onto the University of Pennsylvania as an Associate Professor from 1941 – 1947. He joined the faculty at Tulane University as Professor and Head of the Department of Mathematics in 1947. He left Tulane in 1963 for the University of Florida, Gainesville. He was a member of Sigma Xi, the American Mathematical Society, the Mathematical Association of America, and numerous international societies. He was also Member-at-Large of the National Research Council, Division of Mathematics from 1962 – 65. He is the founder of one of the major fields of fundamental mathematical research, topological algebra. He also served as consultant on mathematical matters for the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the National Science Foundation. He retired in December 1974 as adjunct Professor in the Department of Mathematics, Tulane University.
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