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Sobczyk Lecture Series

Andrew SobczykProfessor Andrew Sobczyk was widely known in the mathematical world. He was a regular participant at meetings of the American Mathematical Society and the Mathematical Association of America (delivering the Southeastern Section Lecture in 1969). He was a personable man with keen curiosity and a generous nature. He died on November 7, 1981, a victim of cancer. His wife Aurellia lives in Clemson. His five children are located in Georgia, Mexico, South Carolina and Idaho. His son Garrett teaches mathematics in Mexico.

The Sobczyk family and friends established a fund* in honor of Professor Sobczyk. The income from this fund is used to offer an annual lecture (with few exceptions) in the areas of mathematics and mathematical physics that Andy worked. The first lecture (1982) was a summary of his work and life given by his colleagues, friends, and family. Since that time the following speakers have given the Sobczyk Lecture:

  • 1983: Professor J.S.R. Chisolm of the University of Kent on "Pade Approximations"
  • 1984: Professor R.L. Anderson of the University of Georgia on "Linearization: A Unified Approach"
  • 1985: Professor Michael Barnsley of the Georgia Institute of Technology on "How to find Chaotic Dynamical Systems"
  • 1985: Professor Mahlon Day of the University of Illinois on "A Review of Topics in Functional Analysis"
  • 1990: Professor Victor Klee of the University of Washington on "How Good is the Simplex Algorithm?"
  • 1991: Professor H.M.S. Coxeter of the University of Toronto on "Regular Polygons"
  • 1993: Professor Leonid Khacian of Rutgers University on "The Use of Geometry in Optimization Problems"
  • 1995: Professor Robert Connelly of Cornell University on "Stress and the Geometry of Stable Structures: Why Things Stay Together"
  • 1996: Professor Gilbert Strang of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on "How to Succeed as an Applied Mathematician" (given at the first Student SIAM Meeting in Clemson)
  • 1997: Professor Michael Creutz, Senior Physicist at the Brookhaven National Laboratory on "Lattice Gauge Theory"
  • 1998: Professor Ludwig Arnold of the University of Bremen on "Random Dynamical Systems"
  • 2002: Professor Frank Natterer of the University of Muenster on "Adjoint Operators in Imaging"
  • 2003: Professor Martin Charles Golumbic of the University of Haifa on "Algorithmic Graph Theory and its Applications"
  • 2004: Professor Eric Mendelsohn of the University of Toronto on "The Evolution of Intelligent Designs"
  • 2005: Professor Andreas M. Hinz of the University of Munich on "The Tower of Hanoi"
  • 2008: Dr. Paul Edelman of Vanderbilt University
  • 2008: Dr. Antony Valentini of Imperial College London on "Quantum Mechanics and Reality: the Schism in Modern Physics"
  • 2011: Professor Peter Winkler of Dartmouth College on "Satistical Combinatorics"

*The fund is still open and persons interested in contributing to this series should contact the Department of Mathematical Sciences.