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Charles L. Dolph
Regents' Proceedings 262

Charles L. Dolph, Professor of Mathematics, will retire from active faculty status as of May 31, 1988, after a most productive career as a teacher and researcher.

A native of Ann Arbor, Professor Dolph received his A.B. degree from The University of Michigan in 1939, his M.A. degree from Princeton University in 1941, and his Ph.D. degree from Princeton University in 1944. He was a physicist in the Naval Research Laboratory from 1943 to 1944 and an ensign in the United States Navy from 1944 to 945. From 945 to 1 1946, he was a member of the technical staff at Bell Telephone Laboratories. Professor Dolph joined the faculty of The University of Michigan in 1946 when he accepted a joint appointment in the Mathematics Department and the Department of Engineering Research. He was appointed assistant professor of mathematics in 1947, associate professor in 1954, and professor in 1960.

Professor Dolph's research covered a wide range of problems in applied mathematics. Among the topics discussed in his fifty-five papers are antenna theory, compressible fluid now, shock problems, stochastic processes, plasma physics, atmospheric science, scattering theory, singular expansion methods, and non-self-adjoint operators. His work has had an impact on many engineering problems that involve scattering, such as radar, and he was in heavy demand as a consultant. He was awarded the J. Browder Thompson Award in 1947 by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.

Professor Dolph directed four doctoral theses and frequently visited abroad, serving three times as guest professor in German universities. He served as associate editor for the Journal of Mathematics Analysis and Applications since it’s founding in 1960.

The Regents now salute this distinguished mathematician for his dedicated service as a researcher and teacher by naming Charles L. Dolph Professor Emeritus of Mathematics.