Ken Stroud

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


Stroud held a B.Sc. and a DipEd.[4]


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]


  • Laplace Transforms: Programmes and Problems, Stanley Thornes Ltd, 1973, ISBN 0-85950-002-0 and 1978, ISBN 978-0-85950-002-9.
  • Fourier Series and Harmonic Analysis, Nelson Thornes Ltd, 1983, ISBN 0-85950-137-X and Stanley Thornes Ltd, 1986, ISBN 978-0-85950-137-8.
  • Engineering Mathematics, Macmillan, 1970, ISBN 0-333-10908-2. 6th ed., (with Dexter J. Booth), Industrial Press, 2007, ISBN 978-0-8311-3327-6.
  • Advanced Engineering Mathematics (with Dexter J. Booth), 5th ed., Industrial Press, 2011, ISBN 978-0-8311-3449-5, 4th ed., Palgrave Macmillan, 2003, ISBN 978-1-4039-0312-9.
  • Differential Equations (with Dexter J. Booth), Industrial Press, 2004, ISBN 978-0-8311-3187-6.
  • Vector Analysis (with Dexter J. Booth), Industrial Press, 2005, ISBN 978-0-8311-3208-8.
  • Complex Variables (with Dexter J. Booth), Industrial Press, 2007, ISBN 978-0-8311-3266-8.
  • Linear Algebra (with Dexter J. Booth), Industrial Press, 2008, ISBN 978-0-8311-3188-3.
  • Essential Mathematics for Science and Technology: A Self-Learning Guide (with Dexter J. Booth), Industrial Press, 2009, ISBN 978-0-8311-3391-7.
  • Further Engineering Mathematics : Programmes and Problems, Palgrave Macmillan, 3 October 1986, ISBN 0-333-34875-3. 2nd ed., Springer-Verlag, 1 November 1989, ISBN 0-387-91280-0. 2nd ed., Palgrave Macmillan, June 1990, ISBN 0-333-52610-4. 3rd Revised Edition, Palgrave Macmillan, 27 March 1996, ISBN 0-333-65741-1.
  • Mathematics for engineering technicians, Stanley Thornes Ltd., 1978, ISBN 0-85950-088-8. Book 2A : Practical applications, Stanley Thornes Ltd., 1981, ISBN 0-85950-469-7.


  1. ^ European Mathematical Society, Newsletter No. 36, June, 2000, page 42.
  2. ^ Author information from book publisher's web site.
  3. ^ "A Tribute to Ken Stroud", Mathematics Today, Bulletin of the Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications, April, 2000.
  4. ^ Laplace Transforms, Programmes and Problems, S. Thornes, 1973, title page.
  5. ^ Stroud, K.A., "A System Approach to the Training of Mathematics to First Year Undergraduate Engineering Students at the Lanchester Polytechnic, Coventry", Journal 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