The William Arveson papers document his career as a faculty member in the Department of Mathematics at the University of California,
Berkeley from 1969 to 2011. Professor Arveson was a leading expert and original researcher in the theory of operators and
operator algebras, areas with close ties to physics, especially to quantum theory. The collection is arranged into eight series:
Correspondence, Writings, Lectures and Seminars, Teaching Materials (including UCLA, Harvard and UCB), UCB Departmental Files,
Professional Files, Research Files, and Biographical Materials.
William Barnes Arveson was born in Oakland, California on November 22, 1934. His parents divorced when he was just a year
old and moved separately to Southern California, leaving Arveson in Oakland in the care of his maternal grandmother. Arveson's
mother remarried when he was in high school, at which point he moved to San Gabriel, California where he attended Alhambra
High, graduating in 1952.