September 21, 2012

Emeritus Regents Professor James Serrin passed away in Minneapolis on August 23. Jim received his Ph.D. degree in mathematics from Indiana University in 1951 and came to the University of Minnesota in 1954. He was promoted to full professor in 1959, and served as Head of the School of Mathematics from 1964-65. He was named Regents Professor of Mathematics in 1969, and retired in 1995. Among his many honors, Jim was elected a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and foreign member of the Finnish Academy of Sciences. He also received honorary doctorates from the Universities of Sussex, Ferrara, and Padova. He is well known for his many fundamental contributions to analysis, partial differential equations, fluid mechanics, continuum mechanics, and thermodynamics. A Memorial in his honor will be held in the Mathematics Library on September 21. He will be sorely missed.