Number Theory Group at Kansas State University

Isidore and Hilda Dressler Lectures

The Dressler Lecture Series was established by a gift from Robert and Leona Dressler on March 20, 1986, to the Kansas State University Foundation. The purpose of the gift is to honor the memories of Isidore and Hilda Dressler, and to provide funds from the interest on the endowment for annual lectures to be given by internationally prominent mathematicians. The lecture series emphasizes mathematics as a foundational discipline for science, commerce, and the arts. The lectures also underscore the fact that mathematics is a creative field and that mathematical research is a response both to the needs of other sciences and to its own inner dynamic which compels the study of abstract patterns.

Isidore Dressler was born in New York City in 1908 and received his B.S. summa cum laude from the College of the City of New York in 1929 where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in 1928. After receiving his M.A. From Columbia University in 1933, he taught first at Boy's High School and then later at Bayside High School where he was chairman of the Department of Mathematics until 1969. After retiring in 1969 from Bayside High School, he served as Adjunct Professor at Pace University in New York City. Isidore Dressler was the author of over a dozen high-school mathematics texts.

Hilda Ratner Dressler received her B.S. from New York University in 1931 and her M.D. cum laude from Boston University in 1934. After her internship, she was appointed attending physician at New York Infirmary in 1940 and also began a private medical practice which she maintained for over 35 years. In 1984, she was appointed Physician Advisor at Flushing Hospital and Medical Center in New York City. She was president emerita of the Queens County Medical Society.

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