Emeritus Professor of Mathematics
Hartley Rogers has been Professor of Mathematics since 1964. He received in B.A. in English from Yale in 1946. As a Henry fellow, he spent a year at Cambridge studying physics and mathematics, returning to Yale for the M.S. in physics in 1950. (He returned to Cambridge again for the year, 1967-68, and received an M.A.) After Yale, Professor Rogers went to Princeton for the M.A. in mathematics, 1951, and Ph.D. in 1952. Alonzo Church was his thesis advisor. Rogers proceeded to Harvard as a Benjamin Peirce Lecturer, 1952-55, visited MIT for a year, and joined the mathematics faculty in 1956. Professor Rogers' research interests are in mathematical logic, and Rogers is credited as one of the main developers of recursion theory. His texts, Theory of Recursive Functions and Effective Computability, became a central and standard reference in the field. Professor Rogers served as Vice President of the Association for Symbolic Logic, senior editor of Journal of Symbolic Logic, senior editor of Annals of Mathematical Logic, and associate editor of the Journal of Computer and Systems Sciences. Professor Rogers also extensively served in the senior administration of MIT during the 60s and 70s. He served on the Committee on Curriculum Content Planning, 1962-64, whose report radically modified the General Institute requirements for undergraduate education. In 1968, he chaired the Panel on November events & the MIT Community, whose report further developed the judicial process of the Institute. Professor Rogers was Chair of the MIT Faculty, 1971-73. From 1974-1980, Professor Rogers served as a senior academic and administrative officer of MIT while also continuing to lecture for the mathematics department. For this period he also served as chair of the Editorial Board of thr MIT Press. Returning to the department faculty in 1981, Professor Rogers developed a new calculus option for advanced-placed freshmen who intended to major in science.In the department, Professor Rogers directed the Summer Program in Undergraduate Research (SPUR) for MIT undergraduates, and oversaw the MIT mathematics section of the Research Summer Institute (RSI) program for advanced high school students from the 90s through 2006. Since 1990, he has been one of the two senior faculty coaches and organizers for the Institute's participation in the Putnam Mathematics Competition. Among his distinctions, Professor Rogers received the Lewis R. Ford Award of the MAA for his expository papers.