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June 15, 2004

UI Math Professor Awarded Honorary Doctorate

William A. Kirk, professor of mathematics in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Department of Mathematics, has been awarded an honorary doctorate by Maria Curie-Sklodowska University (UMCS) in Lublin, Poland.

UMCS officials honored Kirk for "outstanding achievements in mathematical research, for leadership of a large international group of researchers and longstanding cooperation with mathematicians from our university." The UMCS ceremony took place May 26 and was followed by a May 27 international special session focused on Kirk's research.

Kirk's areas of interest -- nonlinear functional analysis, geometry of Banach spaces and metric spaces -- include "Metric Fixed Point Theory," a relatively new mathematical field that applies geometric methods in mathematical analysis. The subject of numerous international conferences, the field was largely influenced by Kirk's 1964 discovery and proof of a theorem, subsequently called "Kirk's Theorem."

Kirk, who earned his doctorate in mathematics from the University of Missouri in 1962, came to the UI in 1967 and chaired the Department of Mathematics from 1985-91. He serves on the editorial boards of five mathematical journals and has made numerous presentations at invited lectures and in research articles published in professional journals. He is the co-author of three books.

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