William "Bill" Ames

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The School of Mathematics lost a part of its legacy last week on August 3rd. Professor Bill Ames, a previous director of the school, passed away. He was a Navy veteran of WWII and the Korean War. He obtained his undergraduate (Phi Beta Kappa) as well as graduate degrees in applied mathematics from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1950 and 1954, respectively. He was a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Delaware and the University of Iowa. In 1975 he joined Georgia Institute of Technology and became the director of the School of Mathematics in 1982 and chairman of the University Center of Mathematics in 1988. He was a Regents' Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at Georgia Tech. He authored eighteen technical books and 113 research publications on applied mathematics and proudly collaborated on several publications with his daughter Karen, also a professor of mathematics. Many of these publications have been translated internationally. Bill Ames became co-editor-in-chief in 1991 of the Journal of the Mathematical Analysis and Applications. He always showed exceptional levels of devoted service, was greatly respected among his colleagues, and his legacy continues with his numerous graduate students who became professors at universities worldwide. Among Bill's passions were playing bridge, completing the daily crossword puzzles with his wife, Terry, international and national travel, and reading historical books.

A tribute was published in 2007 by the Journal of Mathematical Analysis and Applications in honor of his 80th birthday.

A celebration of Bill's life was held on Thursday, August 13. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Habitat for Humanity.


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  • Created By: nmcleish3
  • Created: 03/30/2017
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  • Modified: 03/30/2017


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