James Eells, Jr. ’48

James Eells, Jr. ’48 died on February 14, 2007, in Cambridge, England.

Born on October 25, 1926, in Cleveland, Ohio, he prepared for college at Western Reserve Academy in Hudson, Ohio, and became a member of Alpha Delta Phi Fraternity at Bowdoin. Following his graduation cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa in June of 1947 he taught at Robert College (now Bogaziçi College) in Istanbul,Turkey, for a year and then taught at Amherst College for a year. He received a master of arts degree in mathematics from Harvard University in 1951 and his doctor of philosophy degree, also from Harvard, in 1954. He also taught at Tufts University, the University of California at Berkeley, Columbia University, and Cornell University before joining the faculty of Warwick University in Coventry, England, in 1969 as the first chair. In 1986, he established the mathematics division of the International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, Italy. He retired in 1992 from his directorship there and also from his position at Warwick and for some years ran a private institute at his home in Cambridge. He was awarded the Senior Berwick Prize of the London Mathematical Society in recognition of his contributions to mathematics. He was the author of five books and more than eighty articles in scholarly journals. In 1996, he received an honorary doctor of laws degree from Bowdoin. He was married in 1950 to Anna Munsell, who survives him, as do three daughters, Mary, Elizabeth, and Emily; a son, John; and a number of grandchildren.