Thomas W. Hungerford

Thomas William Hungerford (March 21, 1936 – November 28, 2014)[1] was an American mathematician who worked in algebra and mathematics education. He is the author or coauthor of several widely used[2] and widely cited[3] textbooks covering high-school to graduate-level mathematics. From 1963 until 1980 he taught at the University of Washington and then at Cleveland State University until 2003. From 2003–2014 he was at Saint Louis University. Hungerford had a special interest in promoting the use of technology to teach mathematics.

Thomas W. Hungerford
Born(1936-03-21)March 21, 1936
DiedNovember 28, 2014(2014-11-28) (aged 78)
Alma materUniversity of Chicago
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Washington,
Cleveland State University,
St. Louis University
Doctoral advisorSaunders Mac Lane

Hungerford did his undergraduate work at the College of the Holy Cross and defended his Ph.D. thesis at the University of Chicago in 1963 (advised by Saunders Mac Lane). Throughout his career he wrote more than a dozen widely used mathematics textbooks, ranging from high school to graduate level.[1]



  • 1974 Algebra (Graduate Texts in Mathematics #73). Springer Verlag. ISBN 3-540-90518-9


  • 1997 Abstract Algebra: An Introduction, 2nd Edition. Cengage. ISBN 0-03-010559-5
  • 2005 Contemporary College Algebra and Trigonometry, 2nd Edition. Cengage. ISBN 0-534-46665-6
  • 2005 Contemporary College Algebra, 2nd Edition. Cengage. ISBN 0-534-46656-7
  • 2006 Contemporary Trigonometry. Cengage. ISBN 0-534-46638-9
  • 2009 Contemporary Precalculus, 5th Edition (with Douglas J. Shaw). Cengage. ISBN 0-495-55441-3
  • 2011 Mathematics with Applications, 10th Edition (with Margaret L. Lial and John P. Holcomb, Jr). Pearson. ISBN 0-321-64632-0
  • 2011 Finite Mathematics with Applications, 10th Edition (with Margaret L. Lial and John P. Holcomb, Jr). Pearson. ISBN 0-321-64554-5
  • 2013 Abstract Algebra: An Introduction, 3rd Edition, Cengage. ISBN 1-111-56962-2

High School

  • 2002 Precalculus: A Graphing Approach (with Irene Jovell and Betty Mayberry). Holt, Rinehart & Winston. ISBN 0-03-056511-1


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