Murray H. Protter
|Murray H. Protter|
Murray Protter in 1982 (photo by George Bergman)
February 13, 1918|
Brooklyn, New York
|Died||May 1, 2008
|Institutions||University of California, Berkeley|
|Alma mater||Brown University
University of Michigan
|Doctoral advisor||Lipman Bers|
|Doctoral students||George Cosner
Murray Harold Protter (February 13, 1918 – May 1, 2008) was an American mathematician and educator, known for his contributions to the theory of partial differential equations, as well as his well-selling textbooks in Calculus.
Protter earned a M.Sc. in mathematics at University of Michigan (1937) and a Ph.D. at Brown University on a thesis entitled "Generalized Spherical Harmonics" advised by Lipman Bers (1946). During the World War II era, he studied the aeroelasticity and flutter of military air planes at the Vought aircraft company in Stratford, Connecticut (1943–45). Since his graduation, he worked as assistant professor at Syracuse University (1947–51), was a researcher at Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton (1951–53) and at University of California at Berkeley (1953–88) where he also was the chairman (1962–65). He also was the Miller Research Professor (1959, 1967) and executive director of the Miller Institute for Basic Research in Science (1981–83). He was the father of operations researcher Philip Protter.
- Calculus with Analytic Geometry: A first Course (1964). With Charles B. Morrey, Jr.
- Intermediate Calculus (1971, 1985). With Charles B. Morrey, Jr.
- A First Course in Real Analysis (1976, 1991). With Charles B. Morrey, Jr.
- Basic Elements of Real Analysis (1998).
- Maximum Principles in Differential Equations (1967, 1999). With Hans Weinberger