James Stewart (mathematician)

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James Stewart
James Drewry Stewart.jpg
Born (1941-01-01) January 1, 1941 (age 73)
Citizenship  Canada
Nationality Canada
Fields Mathematics
Institutions McMaster University
University of London
Alma mater Stanford University
University of Toronto
Doctoral advisor Lionel Cooper
Known for Work in harmonic analysis
functional analysis

James Drewry Stewart (born January 1, 1941) is a Canadian mathematician, violinist, and the professor emeritus of mathematics at McMaster University. Stewart received his Master of Science at Stanford University and his Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Toronto in 1967. He worked for two years as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of London. Stewart's research focused on harmonic analysis and functional analysis.

Stewart is most well known for his series of textbooks used for high school-, college-, and university-level courses. His books on Calculus are standard textbooks in universities across many countries. Perhaps one of his most popular textbooks is Single Variable Essential Calculus Early Transcendentals.

Stewart is also a violinist, a former member of the Hamilton Philharmonic Orchestra.

In the early 2000s a house designed by Brigitte Shim and Howard Sutcliffe was constructed for Dr. Stewart in the Rosedale neighborhood of Toronto at a cost of $24 million. Stewart paid an additional $5.4 million for the original home in Rosedale, which was torn down to make room for his new home. [1] Called "Integral House" (a reference to its curved walls), the house includes a concert hall that seats 150. Dr. Stewart has said, "My books and my house are my twin legacies. If I hadn't commissioned the house I'm not sure what I would have spent the money on." Glenn Lowry, director of the Museum of Modern Art, called the house "one of the most important private houses built in North America in a long time."[2]


  1. ^ "The House that Math Built". TheStar.com. 2011-02-04
  2. ^ "An 'Accordion' of Wood and Glass" Wall Street Journal. 2009-04-03. Retrieved on 2009-04-08.

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