The Division of Applied Mathematics


The mission of the Division of Applied Mathematics rests on research, education, and scholarship. We focus our research and teaching on a wide range of areas from applied and algorithmic problems to the study of fundamental mathematical questions. In particular, we explore the connections between mathematics and its applications in biology, chemistry, engineering, geosciences, neuroscience, physics and other disciplines at the research and educational levels. Our educational efforts are realized primarily through our graduate PhD program and our four undergraduate concentrations.  

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The passing of Professor Emeritus Walter Freiberger

Professor Emeritus Walter FreibergerProfessor Emeritus Walter FreibergerIt is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Professor Emeritus of Applied Mathematics, Walter Freiberger, on January 25th, 2019.  Professor Emeritus Freiberger received his PhD from Cambridge University, UK, in 1953. After working at the Aeronautical Research Laboratory of the Department of Defense in Australia, he moved permanently to Brown University in 1955. He served as the first Director of Brown University's  Computing Laboratory and Academic Computing Activities (1963-1976). He then served as chairman of the Division of Applied Mathematics 1976-1982. He was instrumental in the founding of the Center for Statistical Science in the Medical School, and held a courtesy appointment in the Department of Community Health. He served  as the Managing Editor of the Quarterly of Applied Mathematics, the first U.S. Applied Mathematics journal, from 1965 to 2014. His scientific interests spanned a number of areas including continuum mechanics, scientific computations, statistical inference,  and statistical problems in public health. He will be dearly missed by his many colleagues.


Below is a short documentary which portrays the history of the Division of Applied Mathematics at Brown University, told in large part by the Emeriti professors, who have made major contributions to its legacy as pioneers and leaders in the field. 

Following, is an oral history given by Professor Emeritus Walter Freiberger of the Division of Applied Mathematics.  He prepared a history of the Division which was so comprehensive, it is worthy of being featured as a stand alone feature, a companion piece to the overview documentary.