Person: Mcshane, Edward James
Edward J McShane was an American mathematician noted for his work in the calculus of variations and integration theory.
Mathematical Profile (Excerpt):
- After attending school in New Orleans, McShane entered Tulane University.
- After completing his first degrees (for he had two!), McShane continued to study at Tulane for his Master's degree in mathematics while teaching mathematics as an instructor.
- With the award of a Master's degree from Tulane in 1927, McShane went to the University of Chicago to undertake studies for his doctorate.
- McShane spent part of the following two years at Princeton, part at Ohio State, part at Harvard and part at Chicago.
- In 1935 McShane was appointed to a professorship at the University of Virginia at Charlottesville, where, except for temporary appointments elsewhere, he was to remain for the rest of his life.
- McShane had been asked to complete a questionnaire.
- McShane is famous for his work in the calculus of variations, Moore-Smith theory of limits, the theory of the integral, stochastic differential equations, and ballistics.
- In 1974, the year he retired and was made Professor Emeritus at Virginia, McShane published Stochastic calculus and stochastic models which again reflected his work on the mathematical setting for quantum mechanics.
- McShane was much involved with both the American Mathematical Society and with the Mathematical Association of America.
Born 10 May 1904, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA. Died 1 June 1989, Charlottesville, Virginia, USA.
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