August 21, 2015 |
JOSEPH TERRANCE Heard had this dream. He would start a program for boys who have had discipline problems at school and encourage them to chase the same dream that led him to a successful career in science. It was part of Joe's lifelong commitment to encourage others to follow his path, which took him from a childhood of poverty in Philadelphia public housing to a fulfilling career in mathematics and science research. His brother, Justin, said Joe spent his "time and efforts mentoring many of the youth of our community trying to light the spark of knowledge and education wherever he could.
May 29, 2015 |
Albert Eugene Filano, 89, of West Chester, a decorated World War II veteran and later a mathematics professor at West Chester University, died Monday, May 18, of respiratory failure at Barclay Friends in West Chester. Born in Penfield, Pa., he was the son of Italian immigrants James E. and Rosy Ulizio Filano. He graduated in 1943 from Jay Township High School and went into the Army Air Corps, completing 33 combat missions against the Japanese mainland as a B-29 bombardier and radar navigator.
March 27, 2015 |
At 11:20 last night, City Commissioner Stephanie Singer was at 999 signatures - one short of the 1,000 required to remain on the May 19 Democratic primary ballot, but her legal team was reviewing 18 signatures to see if they could resurrect just one. Singer, who was first elected a city commissioner in 2011, saw the number of her signatures whittled down from nearly 1,500 when the ballot-challenge process started last week. She was challenged by Daniel Bucher, who is not a candidate.
November 25, 2014 |
Peter H. Sellers, 84, of Philadelphia, one of the early pioneers of DNA research, died Saturday, Nov. 15, of cancer at home. Dr. Sellers was the ninth generation of Philadelphia's first family of scientists and engineers, according to D. Vitiello, writing in Engineering Philadelphia, published by Cornell University Press in 2014. Beginning in 1966, Dr. Sellers spent 48 years as a senior research scientist at Rockefeller University. The university called him "a brilliant and pioneering mathematician whose [work]
November 6, 2013 |
IF YOU'RE one of those nervous people who watch the skies for the first sign of a meteor or comet that will hit the Earth and wipe out life as we know it, you might be interested in the work of William Wright Kuhn. In 1999, Bill Kuhn became a consultant to Blue Origin, the company started by Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com and recent purchaser of the Washington Post, to explore space privately. (Someday, if you have the cash, Jeff will load you into one of his spacecraft and shoot you off to a nice vacation among the stars.)
October 10, 2012 |
The Rev. John J. Farrell, 79, president of Biscayne College in Miami from 1975 to 1980 and a development office executive at Villanova University from 1980 to 1993, died Friday, Oct. 5, of heart failure at AristaCare at Meadow Springs in Plymouth Meeting. Born on Staten Island, N.Y., Father Farrell studied at the Augustinian Academy there from 1946 to 1950, then entered the Augustinian religious order and was ordained a priest in 1959. Father Farrell earned a bachelor's degree in philosophy at Villanova in 1955 and completed his theological studies in 1959 at Augustinian College in Washington.
August 24, 2012
William P. Thurston, 65, a mathematician who revolutionized understanding of the structure of 3-D spaces and won the Fields Medal, often described as the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for mathematics, died Tuesday in Rochester, N.Y. The cause was cancer, his son Dylan said. Mr. Thurston's fields of expertise were geometry and topology, the study of different possible shapes for multidimensional space. Perhaps his greatest accomplishment in a lifetime of breakthroughs was his Geometrization conjecture, which postulated that all possible 3-D spaces are made up of eight types of geometrical pieces, a discovery he likened to finding eight outfits that could fit anybody in the world.
October 2, 2011 |
Claire Cohen Jacobs, 89, formerly of Haddon Township, a professor of mathematics at Rutgers University in Camden for 27 years who initiated a summer computer and math program for teenagers, died of pneumonia Monday, Sept. 26, at Compassionate Care Hospice in Wilmington. Dr. Jacobs joined the Rutgers-Camden faculty in 1964 after earning a master's degree in mathematics from the University of Pennsylvania. While teaching, she earned a doctorate in education from Rutgers in the 1970s.
August 6, 2011 |
Rudolf Alexandrov taught math classes at Chestnut Hill College twice a week, on Monday and Wednesday evenings. And on Wednesday, shortly before he jumped to his death, he sat in the rotunda of St. Joseph's Hall and collected his thoughts, as was his routine. "We were not aware that he was suffering any kind of emotional stress at all," said the college's director of communications, Kathleen Spigelmyer, who gave some insights Friday into what transpired around the time of Alexandrov's death.
April 29, 2011 |
The modern world, in case you hadn't noticed, is increasingly awash in data - satellite signals, weather maps, digital video, complex medical imaging, recordings of seismic activity. A key reason scientists and engineers are able to deal with it all - transmitting it, analyzing it, cleaning it up - is the work of a soft-spoken mathematician who would just as soon deflect the credit to others. Ingrid Daubechies, 56, was among eight recipients Thursday of awards from the Franklin Institute, given annually for achievement in the sciences and business.