Person: Kelly, Paul Joseph
Paul Kelly was an American mathematician who worked in geometry and graph theory.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- Kelly became Chairman of the Mathematics department at Santa Barbara in 1957.
- Kelly retired in 1982.
- Let us look briefly at some of the Kelly's mathematical papers, which were mainly on topics in geometry and graph theory, and at his books.
- In this paper Kelly proved the conjecture for the case of certain isometries of a class of finite metric spaces.
- Kelly showed that this theorem went over to entire subsets of Minkowski nnn-space.
- Examples of papers by Kelly on graph theory are A congruence theorem for trees published in the Pacific Journal in 1957, On some mappings related to graphs published in the same journal in 1964, and The minimal regular graph containing a given graph co-authored with Paul Erdős and published in 1967.
- We mention three texts written by Kelly, each with a different co-author.
- Kelly's 1979 text Geometry and convexity was written jointly with Max L Weiss.
- The third text we mention is The non-Euclidean, hyperbolic plane : Its structure and consistency which Kelly wrote jointly with Gordon Matthews and published in 1981.
- Paul Kelly had a wonderful sense of language, the comic, the human tragi-comic condition, and the crucial role of timing in any enterprise.
- Paul was also a sports enthusiast who wished he'd been big enough to play football.
Born 26 June 1915, Riverside, California, USA. Died 15 July 1995, Santa Barbara, California, USA.
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