Speaker: Dr. Peter Lancaster, University of Calgary
Location: Mathematical Sciences 431
Date: Thursday, April 13, 2017
Title: Applied Mathematics and Me
Abstract: This talk is more about history than mathematics. There will be no theorems – think of it as light entertainment to celebrate the end of the term.
I will describe how and why my career evolved as it did. I start from childhood and education in England and then explain how my career began with five years in the aircraft industry – studying vibration and stability phenomena – in the context of the design of supersonic aircraft (together with a little historical and social commentary).
Then I will describe my entry into the academic profession with 5 years at (what is now) the University of Singapore followed by (up to now) 55 years at the U of C. I will sketch the development of my career, and collaborations and connections with distinguished colleagues. I also acknowledge my debt to professional societies (including SIAM).
More about Dr. Peter Lancaster:
Peter Lancaster began his distinguished career with an undergraduate degree in mathematics from the University of Liverpool in 1952, followed by a few post-World War II years in the industry. He then moved to the University of Singapore to start his Ph.D. program and completed his Ph.D. in 1962. The same year, he moved to the University of Calgary. Since then, he has been a faculty member at the University of Calgary and has been doing research and supervising students and postdocs, although he retired from teaching in 1994. He has published many papers in matrix theory and related fields especially applications to numerical analysis, vibrations, systems theory, and signal processing. He has written and collaborated on several texts and monographs, and has served on several editorial boards for research journals.