Meinhard E. Mayer

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Meinhard Edwin Mayer (March 18, 1929 – December 11, 2011) was a Romanian–born American Professor Emeritus of Physics and Mathematics at the University of California, Irvine, which he joined in 1966.


He was born on March 18, 1929 in Cernăuți. He experienced both the Soviet occupation of Northern Bukovina and, as a Jew, deportation to the Transnistria Governorate.[1] He received his Ph.D from the University of Bucharest in 1957, where he taught until 1961.

He died in Newport Beach, California on December 11, 2011.


His research interests range from geometric methods in gauge theory, to the application of wavelets in turbulence. He was an early contributor (1958) to the theory of vector-bosons (W and Z bosons) and electro-weak unification, which later became the Standard model, and an early advocate of the use of fiber bundles in gauge theory.

He was a co-author (with Gerald Jay Sussman and Jack Wisdom) of Structure and Interpretation of Classical Mechanics, MIT Press, Cambridge, MA, 2001 ISBN 0-262-19455-4


  1. ^ Myron Bander, Jonas Schultz, Kenneth W. Ford, Meinhard E. Mayer at the University of California Academic Senate site


  • Lie Groupoids versus Principal Bundles in Gauge Theories, in Proceedings of the International Conference on Differential-Geometric Methods in Physics, L.-L. Chau and W. Nahm, Eds., Plenum Press, 1990.
  • From Poisson Groupoids to Quantum Groupoids, and Back, in Proceedings of the XIX International Conference on Differential-Geometric Methods in Physics, R. Cianci and U. Bruzzo, Eds. Rapallo, 1990; 12 pages, Springer Verlag, Heidelberg, 1991.
  • Wavelet Transforms and Atmospheric Turbulence, with Carl A. Friehe and Lonnie H. Hudgins, Physical Review Letters, 71, 3279-3282 (November 15, 1993)

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