Harold R. Parks

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Harold Raymond Parks
Residence Oregon
Institutions Oregon State University
Alma mater Dartmouth College, Princeton University
Doctoral advisor Frederick J. Almgren, Jr.
Known for Geometric measure theory

Harold Raymond Parks (born 22 May 1949) is an American mathematician, and is a professor emeritus of mathematics at Oregon State University.[1]

Parks obtained his Ph.D. in 1974 from Princeton University, under the supervision of Frederick J. Almgren, Jr.[2] In 2012 he became a fellow of the American Mathematical Society.[3] His Doctoral Students include Zachary Gelbaum and Dean C. Wills.[2]

He has developed and implemented a computational technique for computing parametric area minimizing surfaces. He derived an existence and regularity theory for a class of constrained variational problems. Parks has discovered, and characterized, a type of minimal surface with surprising properties, defined in terms of the Jacobi elliptic functions.