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Newsletter: New Lecture Series to Honor Karl Menger

Issue: Fall 2006

In Spring 2007, IIT's Applied Mathematics Department will launch the IIT Menger Lecture Series to honor Karl Menger. We also will create IIT Menger Prizes for student research.

Menger, a professor at IIT from 1946-1971, is considered one of the finest mathematicians of the 20th century. He taught all levels of mathematics at IIT and was an adviser to master's and doctoral degree students including Howard L.Arnould (MATH MS 49); Philip Calabrese (MATH 63, MS 65, PhD 68); Marianne Littau (MATH MS 72); Michael McKiernan (MATH PhD 56); Seymour Parter (MATH 49, MS51); Berthold Schweizer (MATH MS 54, PhD56); Lester Senechal (MATH 56, MS 58, PhD 63); Richard Sielaff (MATH MS 56, PhD 59); Helen Skala (MATH PhD 69); Herber tIan Whitlock (MATH MS 63, PhD 67); and others. Hundreds of IIT alumni, faculty and faculty emeriti remember Menger personally. Since his retirement, many people study or work here in part because of his legacy.The new IIT Menger Lecture Series and Prizes will honor that legacy and Menger's many contributions to the mathematics field.Each year, a distinguished mathematician will visit us for several days, give one or more lectures, and meet faculty, students and alumni. Details of the lecture will be posted on our Web site and emailed to alumni later this fall.

A bequest from Karl Menger's estate will be used to launch the IIT Menger Lecture Series and Prizes. We are also soliciting supplemental funds from mathematics alumni and other friends to endow the lecture series and prizes so they can continue for generations. For more information, please call the department.