The Michigan Alumnus 341
With a heavy teaching sched ule, his duties as President of an important philosophical associa tion, and writing numerous publica tions in his field keep Cooper H. Langford, Professor of Philosophy, much too busy for any hobbies but his work. His classes are very popu lar because he has the gift of mak ing what can easily become a dry subject vital and interesting.
Born August 25, 1895, in Dublin, Arkansas, he received his preparatory schooling at the Academy of the College of the Ozarks, Clarksville, Arkansas. He entered the Univer sity of Arkansas in 1914 and trans ferred in 1915 to Clark University, Worcester, Mass.
The World War interrupted his college career in 1917 when he entered the Army. He served 20 months overseas. After his discharge, he re-entered Clark and won his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1921. He enrolled in Harvard University in the same year and was awarded the Ph.D. degree there in 1924. He was the Sheldon Traveling Fellow at Cambridge Univer sity in 1924 and 1925, and in the latter year, he was appointed an instructor at Harvard University.
He accepted a position as Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the Uni versity of Washington in 1927, and in 1929 he was called to the Univer sity of Michigan as Associate Professor of Philosophy. He was made a full professor in 1934.
Collaborating with C. I. Lewis of Harvard University, the professor published a book, Symbolic Logic, in 1933, and he is the author of some 18 philosophical papers which have been published in such important journals as Mind and The Bulletin of the American Mathematical So ciety. He was Philosophical Editor of the Journal of Symbolic Logic from its founding in 1936 to 1940. The journal is published by the As sociation for Symbolic Logic, and Professor Langford resigned his edi torship when he was elected to serve a three-year term as President of the association starting in 1941. In addition, he holds memberships in the Mind Association, the American Philosophical Association and the Michigan Academy.