# Alan Tucker

**Alan Curtiss Tucker** is an American mathematician. He is a professor of applied mathematics at Stony Brook University, and the author of a widely used textbook on combinatorics;[1][2] he has also made research contributions to graph theory and coding theory. He has had four children, Katie, Lisa, Edward, and James.

## Education and career

Tucker is the son of mathematician Albert W. Tucker.[3] He earned a bachelor's degree from Harvard University in 1965 and then went on to graduate studies at Stanford University, earning a master's degree in 1967 and a doctorate in 1969.[4] His doctoral thesis, supervised by George Dantzig, concerned circular-arc graphs.[5] He then joined the Department of Applied Mathematics and Statistics at Stony Brook University in 1970, and has remained there for the rest of his career. Since 1989, he has been a S.U.N.Y. Distinguished Teaching Professor at Stony Brook. Since 2011, he has been editor in chief of the journal *Applied Mathematics Letters*.[4]

## Awards and honors

In 2009, Tucker was named a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.[6] He became one of the inaugural fellows of the American Mathematical Society in 2013.[7]

## Selected publications

- Hu, T. C.; Tucker, A. C. (1971), "Optimal computer search trees and variable-length alphabetical codes",
*SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics*,**21**: 514–532, doi:10.1137/0121057, MR 0304063. - Tucker, Alan (1975), "Coloring a family of circular arcs",
*SIAM Journal on Applied Mathematics*,**29**(3): 493–502, doi:10.1137/0129040, MR 0437378. - Tucker, Alan (1980),
*Applied Combinatorics*, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York, ISBN 0-471-04766-X, MR 0591461. 3rd ed., 1995, MR1287611. 6th ed., 2012, ISBN 978-0-470-45838-9.

## See also

## References

- Review of
*Applied Combinatorics*together with three other combinatorics texts by Albert Nijenhuis (1988),*American Mathematical Monthly*95 (4): 363–365, JSTOR 2323584. - Review of
*Applied Combinatorics*(2nd ed.), Andy Liu (1988),*SIAM Review*30 (2): 337–339, doi:10.1137/1030075. - AWTucker vignettes, linked from Alan C. Tucker's home page as "stories that my father A W Tucker told me", retrieved 2014-10-07.
- Curriculum vitae, retrieved 2014-10-07.
- Alan Curtiss Tucker at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
- Three Faculty Named 2009 AAAS Fellows Archived 2014-10-12 at the Wayback Machine, Stony Brook University, January 26, 2010. Retrieved 2014-10-07.
- List of inaugural fellows, American Mathematical Society, retrieved 2014-10-07.