Reinhold Baer was a member of the UIUC Mathematics Department from 1938 to 1955, when he returned to his native Germany to accept a Professorship at the University of Frankfurt. Baer had twenty Ph.D. students at Illinois, including such well-known names as R.A. Beaumont, P.F. Conrad, D.G. Higman and P. Dembowski.

The volume,
edited by UIUC Professors **Phillip Griffith** and
**Derek Robinson**, features 39 invited articles by prominent
mathematicians in areas to which Baer has contributed.
Also included is
a slightly edited reprint of an Obituary by K.W. Gruenberg, which was
originally published in the Bulletin of the London Mathematical
Society and gives an in-depth description of Baer's life and
mathematical work.

The "Baer Centenary Volume" is being published both as a double journal issue (Spring/Summer 2003), and as a separate book that will soon be made available for purchase by individuals and libraries at a nominal cost. In addition, like all IJM articles, the papers in the Baer Volume are available electronically, in pdf and postscript formats, under the IJM Website.