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Thomas. E Hull fonds
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Thomas. E Hull fonds

  • UTA 1401
  • Fonds
  • 1949-1997

Consists of the records of Dr. Thomas Hull documenting his career in applied mathematics and computer science. Includes correspondence and printed E-mail messages, talks, manuscripts of articles, research notes, reviews and recommendations, teaching files and professional association files. Dr. Hull was also a student of the well known mathematician, Leopold Infeld at the time of his resignation from the University of Toronto; there are some copies of correspondence between Hull and Infeld. Also included is Dr. Hull's collection of photographs which he took documenting various events of the Arts and Letters Club 1981-1996.

Notably missing are significant records relating to his role as a key administrator in the Department of Computer Science, his career as an influential educator and any records documenting his time at the University of British Columbia and at the University of Toronto as a student in the 1940s.

Hull, Thomas E.

Graphic materials

Photography was a hobby of Hull's and consequently this accession contains some of his work as it pertains to the University community, the Department of Computer Science, his career and his involvement in the Arts and Letters Club. Includes colour 4x6 prints and corresponding negatives.


Dept. of Computer Science, Party and Show, ca. 1981
Portrait, Chancellor of Trinity College, 1981?
Hull's retirement dinner, May 1987
University of Toronto Women's Association Art Show, Oct 1987
UTWA, Art Show, Nov 1989
Visit of Eric Infeld , 1995
Photos of staff of the Department of Computer Science taken for DCS brochure (identified), 1996
Photograph of Hull receiving an Honourary Degree from Dalhousie University, 1987

Negatives to prints

hotographs and negatives documenting events of the Arts and Letters Club especially the annual Spring Show and the Boar's Head Dinner, 1987-1993. (unprocessed)

Reviews and recommendations

Includes referee reviews done by Hull for scholarly articles as well as letters of recommendation for colleagues and former students. Reviews are filed at the beginning of this series and letters of recommendation have been sorted alphabetically and filed after the reviews.


This series contains files relating to the teaching of a course at Trinity College - INX 199Y Science and Social Choice and includes choices of course material and assignments which were published in a handbook for the course edited by Hull. No other records relating to Hull's teaching either at Trinity or within the Department of Computer Science are known to exist.

Research notes

Research notes on various mathematical topics complement discussion on such topics found both in Hull's E-mail (Series III) as well as in his articles and papers (Series IV).

Professional Association

Consists mainly of correspondence relating to the professional associations to which Hull belonged including the Association of Computing Machinery and its newsletter SIGNUM, the Canadian Mathematical Society and ARITH II.


Included in this series are informal talks and lectures given by Hull through out his career. Most files contain notes and transparencies used for the talks and differ from academic papers contained in Series VI in that there does not appear to have been any formal manuscripts.

Articles and papers

This series documents Hull's extensive publishing activity in the field of applied mathematics and computer arithmetic. Included are files on refereed and non-refereed articles as well as papers presented at meetings and symposiums. This series is by no means complete but it does represent a good sample of his work. Files contain manuscripts, typescripts, notes, correspondence and e-mail with co-author(s), editors and publishers as well as referee comments and revisions.


This series complements Series II since many of the same type of discussions on mathematical theory ensued via the Electronic Mail especially for the years after 1991. Areas of research for which there are ongoing discussion include: "Exceptions Handling", "ENABLE Proposal", "Muliprecision Computation" and "TURING language". More so than the correspondence, most of the interchange on E-Mail is highly technical and often relates directly to collaborations on publications.

Loose E-Mail has been grouped by year and arranged chronologically. Wherever there were obvious groupings and/or identification as to the content of the E-Mail, this was kept together. E-mail on specific topics is also accompanied by notes and these have been filed at the end of the chronological files.

Personal files

Mainly correspondence documenting Hull's career at the University of Toronto and his relationship with Trinity College as a College Fellow. There are also two files on Leopold Infeld including copies of correspondence in 1949-1950 while Hull was his graduate student.

General correspondence

General incoming and outgoing correspondence with mathematical colleagues throughout the world but mainly in Canada and the United States discussing mathematical theories, progression of research as well as talks, visits and informal meetings.

Correspondence is loosely arranged chronologically with one file devoted solely to correspondence between Hull and Dr. Edsger W. Dijkstra of the Technological University of Eindhoven (Netherlands) and one devoted to the discussion of computer arithmetic.