Charles Epstein Named Thomas A. Scott Professor of Mathematics

February 2, 2010

Charles L. Epstein, a member of the mathematics department faculty, has been named the Thomas A. Scott Professor of Mathematics. Dr. Epstein’s research interests include partial differential equations, boundary value problems, medical imaging, population genetics and other fields of mathematical analysis and its applications.

Founding chair of the graduate group in applied mathematics and computational science, Dr. Epstein is also a member of the graduate group in bioengineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science, the graduate group in genomics and computational biology in the School of Medicine, and the Institute for Medicine and Engineering. He serves on the editorial board of the journal Inverse Problems, as well as on the Committee on the Profession and the Committee on Committees of the American Mathematical Society.

Dr. Epstein joined the Penn faculty in 1985, following an NSF postdoctoral fellowship at Princeton. He received his bachelor’s degree from MIT, and his master’s degree and doctorate in mathematics from the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences at NYU. Dr. Epstein was named an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow in 1988.

The Thomas A. Scott Professorship of Mathematics was established in 1881 by businessman Thomas Alexander Scott, one-time president of the Pennsylvania Railroad. The chair has been distinguished by a legacy of excellence, with previous holders including Hans Rademacher, Eugenio Calabi, Shmuel Weinberger and Herbert Wilf.