Barnard, Frederick A. P.

Barnard, Frederick A. P. (Augustus Porter)

(1809–89) college president; born in Sheffield, Mass. This mathematician and scientist was president of Columbia College (later University) (1864–89), which he developed into a major university, admitting women (1883; Barnard College is named for him), establishing the Teachers College and the School of Mines, and pioneering the elective system.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.