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Paul Joseph Kelly
Paul Joseph Kelly
  • Né le 26 juin 1915 - Riverside, Riverside County, Kalifornien, USA
  • Décédé le 10 juillet 1995 - Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara County, Kalifornien, USA,à l'âge de 80 ans
  • Mathematiker, Professor, Leutnant US Air Force
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"Paul J. Kelly, Mathematics: Santa Barbara, 1915-1995, Professor Emeritus

Professor Paul Kelly was born on June 26, 1915 in Riverside, California. He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from UCLA and then transferred to the University of Wisconsin, where he obtained his Ph.D. degree in 1941. After spending three years as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, he joined the mathematics department at USC as an Instructor in 1946. In 1949, he began his career at UCSB. He progressed through the ranks, retiring in 1982.Paul's main mathematical interests were in the areas of geometry and graph theory. He published extensively in these areas. Some of his works were with joint authors, ranging from graduate students to some of the most distinguished mathematicians in the world. He also directed the doctoral research of several students.Paul was departmental chair during the period 1957-1962. This was an important period because it marked the beginning of a graduate program in mathematics. The M.A. program began in 1959 and the preliminary work for the Ph.D. program occurred during Paul's tenure as chair. Those who were in the department at the time remember with admiration Paul's effectiveness during that period. He had to deal with diverse viewpoints and interests among the faculty, and with the continuous changes that occurred as the number of faculty more than doubled during the period he was chair. Paul had a particular knack for getting at the heart of confusing issues, and his good common sense approach often carried the day. He also served, over the years, on many key faculty committees and did so with distinction.Paul enjoyed an enormous reputation as a teacher. In fact, several faculty members from diverse fields, such as art, English, philosophy, and economics used to attend Paul's inspirational lectures to improve their own teaching effectiveness.Those of us who knew Paul J. Kelly when he first came to Santa Barbara in the fall of 1949 remember an ebullient creator of spontaneous games with elaborate rules such as Obstacle Croquet, a game often played by G.I. math and physics majors who turned car headlights onto the bumpy stretch of grass that comprised the gaming field. Students of those and later days who found joy in mathematics, have remembered him with gratitude, laughter and often the recollection of a favorite one-liner, story, or joke even as they gave him credit for inspring them to devote their lives to teaching, or doing math or for developing in them an appreciation of the field and its satisfying beauty.He was a zestful, original conversationalist of wide-ranging interests. Both the sly and the broad social satire in Austen and Trollope gave him great pleasure. However, he complained that there were few humorists among today's writers who entertained him as Thurber, Benchley, and White had done.From high school days on he wrote light verse in the style of Dorothy Parker and Ogden Nash, parodies of all the major poets, lyrics a la Alan Sherman and Tom Lehrer, rhymed letters, small pieces for special occasions, epitaphs, humorous essays, and a few uncharacteristically somber poems dealing with ideas at which he did not wish to poke fun. 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. He contented himself with baseball, tennis and golf. When his health no longer permitted any of these, he took up darts and billiards again. Always he was a knowledgeable, opinionated, engaged spectator who joked that he timed major surgeries to coincide with the Olympics or other major sporting events.Deep rich friendships were important to Paul. At the time of his death he was still corresponding with men and women he had known for 60 or more years.Any collection of memories about Paul would be incomplete without a mention of his love of particular music, musicians, and works of art. He had a special fondness for Mozart's Horn Concertos, Schubert's Trout Quintet, and almost all Delius and Satie. He wished he had learned to play the clarinet since he enjoyed jazz. Bernini's sculptures brought him enduring delight, and those of us who heard him will never forget his voice as he stood in front of Van Gogh's “Poet's Garden” saying in tones of mingled acceptance and astonishment, “He must be a great painter; he's made me believe in a yellow sky.”Paul is survived by a sister, The Rev. Katy Perry of San Diego; two brothers, Edward and Francis of Beverly Hills; the children of his previous marriage, Timothy of Santa Rosa, and Megan Dargan of Tacoma, Washington; and two granddaughters, also of Tacoma; and his wife, Kay Caldwell Kelly.

Gordon Baker Andrew Bruckner Ernest Michael Adil Yaqub" (http://texts.cdlib.org)

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