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Fractal Research Group - "Dirac Operator" - 11:10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in Surge 268


Mathematical Physics & Dynamical Systems - "Atiyah-Singer Revisited" - 3:40 - 5:00 p.m. in Surge 268


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Remembering a Distinguished Mathematician, Colleague and Friend : Dr. Victor Shapiro

On Behalf of Interim Chancellor Jane Close Conoley, University of California, Riverside:

I regret to inform you that Dr. Victor Shapiro, 88, a professor emeritus of mathematics, died on March 1, 2013. He taught mathematics at UC Riverside for 46 years.

An expert on trigonometric series and differential equations, Dr. Shapiro was internationally recognized for several solutions to specific problems in mathematics. One reviewer wrote that he was "this country's leading authority on Multiple Trigonometric Series." He was the author of more than 80 research articles and several books. He continued to conduct research, write, and teach even after his retirement in 1994.

In 2012, he was named a fellow of the American Mathematical Society for outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication and utilization of mathematics.

Dr. Shapiro was born on October 16, 1924. He received a B.S. in 1947, an M.S. in 1949, and a Ph.D., all in mathematics, from the University of Chicago. Before joining UCR in 1964 as a full professor, Dr. Shapiro spent five years on the faculty at Rutgers, four years at the University of Oregon, and three years at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. In 1978 he was selected by the Academic Senate to deliver the Faculty Research Lecture.

He is survived by his wife, Florence Shapiro, two daughters, and two sons.

Background on the Victor Shapiro Distinguished Lecture in Mathematics Series

This lecture series in Victor Shapiro's name was originally started because Professor Michel Lapidus wanted to bring Sir Michael Berry from England as a lecturer to UCR. He thought since Professor Shapiro had been the 1978 Faculty Research Lecturer at UCR (an Appointment made by the Academic Senate once every year), it would be approved. The tradition of inviting distinguished lecturers continues to this day. There have been 5 lecturers in the Shapiro Distinguished lecture series since the first one in 1998.

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