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In Memoriam: Professor Emmeritus John Klein
It is with sadness that the Department notes the passing on July 28 of John Klein, Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Computer Science.
Professor Klein was a member of the HWS faculty from 1964 to 1988. He was instrumental in establishing the Colleges' computer science major, which was first offered in 1984.
Klein was born in Ossining, N.Y. His grandfather was Isaac Sharpless, president of Haverford College from 1887 to 1917, who received an honorary degree from Hobart in 1903. Klein received a B.S. in physics from Haverford College and went on to serve as a physicist in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He later earned a master's degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his Ph.D. from University of Michigan, both in mathematics.
A scholar, mentor and dedicated member of the faculty, Klein was the Chair of the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science for more than a decade and also served as an Honors adviser. In 1965, he directed a National Science Foundation-funded project to bring to campus an IBM 1130 computer that served both academic and administrative purposes. He was a member of the Mathematical Association of America and the American Mathematical Society. Upon his retirement, the John S. Klein Prize was established in his honor. The prize is awarded to a graduating senior who has demonstrated excellence in computer science.
Klein leaves behind his wife of 53 years, Nancy Klein, who also taught at HWS during the early 1980s, specializing in romance studies and linguistics. He is survived by their children, Jeff and Carolyn.
(Adapted from an announcement by Mark Gearan, President of the Colleges.)
Posted 15 September 2016
New Faculty Members
Professor Bell received her Ph.D. in Mathematics, in the field of Topology, from SUNY Buffalo. She held a visiting position at West Point before coming to Hobart and William Smith.
Professor Biermann received her Ph.D. in Mathematics, in the field of Commutative Algebra and Combinatorics, from Cornell University. Before joining HWS, she held a visiting position at Mt. Holyoke College.
Posted 29 August 2016
Math Intern for 2016
Chris is a 2016 graduate of Hobart College, where he was a double major in Mathematics and Physics. He plans to attend graduate school after his year as Math Intern.
Posted 29 August 2016
Distinguished Faculty Award: Ann Oaks
The award was presented by Elaine Bruno WS '91. You can read a PDF of Elaine's presentation speech here.
The Distinguished Faculty Award was established in 1990 by the Hobart Alumni Association and the William Smith Alumnae Association. It recognizes the teaching and scholarly achievements of professors who are retired or have moved on from Hobart and William Smith.
Posted 20 May 2016
Posted 11 May 2016
Student Prizes, 2016
- The Robert Beinert Prize, awarded to a a graduating Senior for excellence in Mathematics, to Aaron Ackbarali H'16.
- The John S. Klein Prize, awarded to a graduating Senior to recognize excellence in Computer Science, to Matthew McPartlon H'16.
- The Catherine Adele Rippey '35 Prize, awarded to a William Smith Senior to recognize excellence in Mathematics, to Susan Tuvell WS'16.
- The Glenn M. Lee Prize, awarded to the Hobart Senior who has been most proficient in mathematics and athletics, to Christopher Wilson H'16.
- The Abigail Mosey Book Prize, awarded to a Hobart or William Smith Senior for generosity in helping others to learn and appreciate mathematical ideas, to Alyssa Newman WS'16.
- The William Ross Proctor Prize, awarded to the William Smith Sophomore who has achieved the highest rank in mathematics in her first two years at the Colleges, to Katherine Campbell WS'18 and Lauren Kogelmann WS'18.
- The Irving Bentsen Prize, awarded to the second year student at Hobart College who has the most outstanding record in mathematics and computer science, to Andrew Scammell H'18 and Jiahao Wei H'18.
For more about student prizes in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science, including lists of past recipients, visit our department prizes page.
Posted 8 May 2016