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MIT's Gil Strang speaks in 'Baylor Lecture Series in Mathematics'

July 17, 2012

Professor Gilbert Strang, MathWorks Professor of Mathematics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, was the sixth speaker in the Baylor Lecture Series in Mathematics. Dr. Strang visited Baylor from January 31 - February 1, 2013. The titles of his two lectures were Random Triangles and Mathematical Videos (this is his public lecture to be given at 4 pm in D109 of the BSB on January 31) and Exponentials of Difference Matrices and Applications to Graphs (to be given at 12:00 noon in SR 344 on February 1).

Professor Strang came to MIT upon completing his Ph.D. degree from UCLA in 1959 under the direction of Peter Henrici. He received the S.B. from MIT in 1955, and the B.A. and M.A. as a Rhodes Scholar from Oxford University in 1957. He joined the MIT mathematics faculty in 1962, and was promoted to Professor in 1970.

Gil Strang
Gil Strang

His research focuses on mathematical analysis, linear algebra, and PDEs. He has written textbooks on linear algebra, computational science, finite elements, wavelets, GPS, and calculus. His service to the academic community is extensive. Professor Strang served as President of SIAM, 1999-2000, Chair of the Joint Policy Board for Mathematics, 1999, Chair of the U.S. National Committee on Mathematics, 2002, and member of the Abel Prize Committee, 2003-2005. In the Mathematics Department, he was Chair of the Pure Mathematics Committee, 1975-1979.

Professor Strang has received distinctions for his research, service and teaching; among them: the Chauvenet Prize (1976), the SIAM Award for Distinguished Service (2003), the MIT Graduate School Teaching Award (2003), the Von Neumann Prize Medal of the U.S. Association for Computational Mechanics (2005), the MAA Lester R. Ford Prize (2005), the MAA Franklin and Deborah Tepper Haimo Prize (2006), and the Henrici and Su Buchin Prizes of the International Congress of Industrial & Applied Mathematics (2007). Professor Strang is a Member of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. He is an Honorary Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford.

His video lectures are on MIT's OpenCourseWare, he is on the editorial board of numerous journals, and he is the founder of Wellesley-Cambridge Press.

For further information on Professor Strang and his lectures, please visit Baylor Lecture Series in Mathematics.