Department of Mathematical Sciences

History of Mathematical Sciences at Clemson University

T Gilmer Proctor

Proctor

Gil received his Bachelors degree in Nuclear Engineering from N. C. State in 1956, and was employed by The Ingall's Shipbuilding Corporation in Pascagoula, Mississippi. The first part of his job was to complete a twelve-month program at the Oak Ridge School of Reactor Technology. Subsequently he returned to the shipyard to assist in the construction of that firm's first two nuclear submarines as well as several other ships. In 1960 Gil entered the graduate program in mathematics at N. C. State and received a MS degree in 1962. He entered the doctoral program in mathematics (with a minor in physics) and received his PhD in 1964. After serving as an instructor at N. C. State for one year, Gil was awarded an Assistant Professor position at Clemson University. He was promoted to Associate Professor in 1968 and to Professor in 1974 after spending a sabbatical leave in the Applied Mathematics Department at Brown University.

In 1975-79 Gil was Associate Director of the NSF grant "An Alternative in Higher Education in the Mathematical Sciences." In addition he was an investigator on 4 other grants, was a NASA Summer Faculty Fellow at Langley, Virginia in 1976 and a Visiting Professor at the University of Tennessee in 1978. He has more than 30 publications and made in excess of 40 presentations at professional meetings. His research was primarily in the area of dynamical systems. Gil was a member of the Mathematical Association of America and the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics during his career and chaired the SIAM Education Committee for five years.

Gil served on many departmental, college, and university committees as well being a member of the South Carolina EPSCOR committee for seven years. He was the major advisor for 30 students in the MS program and directed four PhD students (Suber, Marrah, Evans, and Chien). Finally he was the Associate Head (later the Instruction Coordinator) for the Department for 13 years. Gil was an early participant of the departmental program to use programmable graphics calculators to enhance the teaching of calculus and differential equations and made many presentations at professional meetings concerning this work. In the picture here, he is working with a Clemson student in this program. Gil retired in 1999 but continued to teach part time in the Department for seven years.


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