Person: Murnaghan, Francis Dominic
Francis Dominic Murnaghan was an Irish mathematician who worked in the application of group theory to continuum mechanics.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
 His parents, Angela Mooney and George Murnaghan, were Roman Catholics although George had been educated at a Protestant school.
 Harry Bateman had been appointed there in 1912 and his interests in partial differential equations fitted perfectly with Murnaghan's interests at the time.
 Arriving at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Murnaghan began doctoral studies working on differential equations which arose in the study of radioactive decay.
 In 1916 Murnaghan submitted his thesis The Lines of Electric Force Due to a Moving Electron and was awarded his Ph.D. Following this he was appointed as a lecturer at the Rice Institute in Houston, Texas.
 Murnaghan helped supervise the studies of the first Ph.D. produced by the Rice Institute, namely Hubert Evelyn Bray whose thesis A Green's Theorem in Terms of Lebesgue Integrals was submitted in 1918, the year Murnaghan left.
 In 1928 Frank Morley retired as Head of Mathematics at Johns Hopkins, and Murnaghan was appointed as Professor and Head of the Mathematics Department.
 Let us now examine the mathematics which interested Murnaghan.
 Over the period up to 1936, in addition to the major texts we have already mentioned, Murnaghan undertook research and published papers on a wide variety of topics such as electrodynamics, relativity, tensor analysis, elasticity, dynamics, aerodynamics, quantum mechanics, and celestial mechanics.
 Although we have mentioned six books by Murnaghan, this is less than half his total of books since he published 16 in all.
 As a teacher, Murnaghan certainly appears to have had great style.
Born 4 August 1893, Omagh, Co. Tyrone, Ireland. Died 24 March 1976, Baltimore, Maryland, USA.
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