Two Honored With Professorships
Two U-M faculty members have been awarded named professorships in the U-M College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (LS&A).
Those honored are Lamberto Cesari, who was awarded the Raymond T. Wilder Professorship in Mathematics, and Philip E. Converse, named to the Robert Cooley Angell Professorship in Sociology and Political Science. Their appointments were approved by the U-M regents Friday.
The named professorships are established to honor retired and deceased U-M professors who merit special distinction.
The professorships also honor those who hold them.
In nominating Prof. Cesari for the Wilder Professorship, LS&A Acting Dean Billy E. Frye said: “Prof. Cesari’s worldwide reputation has led to numerous honors. He is an inspiring teacher and has contributed enormously to the University. His presence here has added greatly to the prestige of the department of mathematics and the University.
“His career spans 40 years, during which he has published over 170 research articles and two books. His research exhibits extraordinary breadth as well as depth. While his earlier work was primarily in pure mathematics, his more recent research has important consequences in the applications of mathematics.” Prof. Cesari was born in Italy and received his doctorate from the University of Pisa in 1933. He taught at several universities here and in Europe, before joining the U-M faculty in 1960.
In recommending Prof. Converse, Dean Frye said: “He has the special distinction of producing scholarly work whose brilliance is acclaimed by members of two disciplines: sociology and political science. He has illuminated our under-
standing of politics and society in a long series of books and articles, a number of which have become classics. He has done more to illuminate the nature of public opinion and the meaning of elections than perhaps any other scholar in the world.”
Prof. Converse received his doctorate from U-M in 1958 and joined the U-M Survey Research Center and departments of sociology and political science. He is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences.