Prof. Roy Mathias – Mangalorean Star

Prof. Roy Mathias – Mangalorean Star

Mr Roy Mathias, Professor of Mathematics, was born on Valentines Day, February 14, 1963 in Calcutta. His proud parents are Joseph and Pamela Mathias, Mangaloreans, who moved on work to Calcutta and to Madras. At the age of Seven (7), his parents migrated to New Zealand in 1970. Mr Mathias grew up in Auckland, New Zealand. He has two brothers, David in Australia and Jeph in New Zealand. Mr. Mathias is the oldest among three musketeers!

Mr Mathias was a Rotary exchange student in Japan in 1981. In August, 1985, Mr. Mathias came to the USA. He holds a B.A. (Hons.) in Mathematics from Cambridge University, UK; a Ph.D. in Applied Mathematics from The John Hopkins University, USA.

He was a Postdoctoral Visitor, at the Departments of Computer Science at Cornell University (1989) and Stanford University (1990), and also, at the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications at the University of Minnesota (1991 to 1993). In 1990 Mr. Mathias joined the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia. In 1995 he became Associate Professor, and in 2001 Professor of Mathematics in the Department of Mathematics.

Mr. Mathias’ Professional Services are as follows:

• Associate Editor – Mathematical, Inequalities and Applications, and Journal of Inequalities in Pure and Applied Mathematics.

• Permanent Organizing Committee for the Householder Symposia on Numerical Linear Algebra.

• Co-organizer – SIAM Conference on Applied Linear Algebra, Williamsburg, 2003. Organizing committee – Challenges in Matrix Theory, Auburn, 2002.
Selected Prizes and Fellowships:

• 1980 – New Zealand Highschool Chess (co-) champion.

• 1981-1984 – Gridlers Scholarship (which covered 3 years of study at Cambridge University).

• 1985 – Rufus Isaacs Fellowship to The John Hopkins University.

• 1989 – Elezier Naddor Postdoctoral Fellowship to Cornell and to Stanford (awarded by The John Hopkins University).

• 1992 – Several National Science Foundation Research Grants.

• 1991 – Second Prize in the Leslie Fox Competition (Oxford University, for a paper in Numerical Analysis by an author under 30).

• July, 2003 – Prize for the most outstanding paper in Applied Linear Algebra published between January 2000 and December 2002.

Mr. Mathias tied the knot with Anita Mathias from Mangalore, on November 18, 1989. Anita is an excellent writer. She holds an M.A. in English/Creative Writing, The Ohio State University and an M.A. in English, Somerville College, Oxford University. She has won a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and numerous other Literary Grants and Awards. She has also published widely. Together they have two kids, Zoe – 8, attends Elementary school and Irene – 4, in pre-school.

Mr. Mathias loves playing chess, gardening, digital photography, hiking and travel. wishes Mr. Mathias, the math wizard, all the success in his future endeavors.

Submitted by: Queenie Mendonca, Chicago