Ken Stroud

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Kenneth Arthur Stroud, B.Sc.,Dip. Ed.[1] (Richmond, Surrey, December, 1908 - Hertfordshire township, February 3, 2000[2]) was a mathematician and Principal Lecturer in Mathematics at Lanchester Polytechnic in Coventry, England.[3][4] He is most widely known as the author of several mathematics textbooks, especially the very popular Engineering Mathematics.

Stroud was an innovator in programmed learning and the identification of precise learning outcomes,[5][6] and Nigel Steele calls his textbook Engineering Mathematics, based on the programmed learning approach, "one of the most successful mathematics textbooks ever published."[7]

He died in February 2000, aged 91.[7]



  1. ^ Laplace Transforms, Programmes and Problems, 1973, title page.
  2. ^ European Mathematical Society, Newsletter No. 36, June, 2000, page 42
  3. ^ Author information from book publisher's web site.
  4. ^ "A Tribute to Ken Stroud", Mathematics Today, Bulletin of the Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications, April, 2000
  5. ^ Stroud, K.A., "A System Approach to the Training of Mathematics to First Year Undergraduate Engineering Students at the Lanchester Polytechnic, Coventry", J. of the Institute of Mathematics. May 1971, 152-155.
  6. ^ Stroud, K.A., "The Development, Organisation and Administration of Programmed Learning at Undergraduate Level", The Conference on Programmed Learning and Education Technology at Glasgow University, 5–8 April 1968, Association for Programmed Learning and Educational Technology, 1969, 295-298.
  7. ^ a b Steele, Nigel (2000-03-17), "Method is more than the sum of its parts: Nigel Steele recalls a guru who calculated a route to learning success", Times Higher Education