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Biography

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Tracy Y. Thomas

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Dates

January 8, 1899 – March 23, 1983

Authorized Form of Name

Thomas, Tracy Y. (Tracy Yerkes), 1899-1983

Additional Forms of Names

Thomas, Tracy Yerkes

Tomas, T., 1899-1983

Biography

Abstract

Tracy Thomas was Emeritus Professor of Mathematics at Indiana University (1969-1983). Other institutional affiliations included University of California, Los Angeles and Princeton University. His research interests included the theory of relativity, plasticity, shock waves, tensors and differential geometry, the extended theory of condition for discontinuities over moving surfaces, and cosmology.

Important Dates

January 8, 1899Birth, Alton (Ill.).

1921Obtained AB, Rice Institute, Houston (Tex.).

1922Obtained AM, Princeton University, Princeton (N.J.).

1923Obtained PhD in Mathematics, Princeton University, Princeton (N.J.).

1923 – 1924National Research Council (NRC) Fellow in Physics, University of Chicago.

1924 – 1925National Research Council (NRC) Fellow in Mathematics, University of Zurich.

1925 – 1926National Research Council (NRC) Fellow in Mathematics, Harvard University and Princeton University.

1926 – 1938Assistant Professor to Associate Professor of Mathematics, Princeton University, Princeton (N.J.).

1938 – 1944Professor of Mathematics, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles (Calif.).

1941Member, National Academy of Sciences.

1944 – 1983Professor of Mathematics (1944-1954); Chair, Department of Mathematics (1944-1954); Head, Graduate Institute of Applied Mathematics (1950-1954); Director, Graduate Instructor in Mathematics and Mechanics (1954-1956); Distinguished Service Professor of Mathematics (1956-1969); and Emeritus Professor of Mathematics (1969-1983), Indiana University, Bloomington (Ill.).

1951 – 1968Consultant, Applied Mathematics Staff, Naval Research Laboratory, United States Navy.

1960 – 1969Consultant, RAND Corporation.

1962 – 1963Visiting Professor, University of California, San Diego.

1965 – 1970Visiting Professor, University of California, Los Angeles.

March 23, 1983Death.

Occupation

Applied mathematician.

Places

Birth

Alton (Ill.)

Undergraduate Education

Houston (Tex.)

Graduate Education

Princeton (N.J.)

Employment

Princeton (N.J.)

Los Angeles (Calif.)

Bloomington (Ill.)

Subjects

Applied mathematics.

Cosmology.

Differential geometry.

Mathematics.

Relativity (Physics).

Shock waves.

Relationships

People

Colleagues

Bridgman, P. W. (Percy Williams), 1882-1961

Both employed at Harvard University.

Compton, Arthur Holly, 1892-1962

Both employed at University of Chicago.

Dempster, Arthur Jeffrey

Both employed at University of Chicago.

Eisenhart, Luther Pfahler, 1876-1965

Both employed at Princeton University.

Hilberry, Norman, 1899-

Both employed at University of Chicago.

Michelson, Albert A. (Albert Abraham), 1852-1931

Both employed at University of Chicago.

Mulliken, Robert Sanderson

Both employed at University of Chicago.

Robertson, H. P. (Howard Percy), 1903-1961

Both employed at Princeton University.

Swann, W. F. G. (William Francis Gray), 1884-1962

Both employed at University of Chicago.

Von Neumann, John, 1903-1957

Both employed at Princeton University.

Wigner, Eugene Paul, 1902-1995

Both employed at Princeton University.

Institutions

Major Positions

Harvard University. Department of Mathematics

National Research Council (NRC) Fellow.

Indiana University, Bloomington. Department of Mathematics

Professor of Mathematics; Department Chair; Director, Graduate Instructor in Mathematics and Mechanics; Distinguished Service Professor of Mathematics; and Emeritus Professor of Mathematics.

Indiana University. Graduate Institute for Applied Mathematics

Head.

Princeton University. Department of Mathematics

Obtained AM (1922) and PhD (1923). National Research Council (NRC) Fellow and Assistant Professor to Associate Professor.

University of California, Los Angeles. Department of Mathematics

Professor and Visiting Professor.

University of Chicago. Department of Physics

National Research Council (NRC) Fellow in Physics.

Professional Activities & Affiliations

National Academy of Sciences (U.S.)

Member.

Naval Research Laboratory (U.S.)

Consultant, Applied Mathematics Staff.

Rand Corporation

Consultant.

Universitat Zurich

National Research Council (NRC) Fellow in Mathematics.

University of California, San Diego. Department of Mathematics

Visiting Professor.

William M. Rice Institute

Obtained AB (1921).

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