UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – A book by George E. Andrews, Evan Pugh Professor of Mathematics at Penn State, will be published this week by the World Scientific Publishing Co. “The Selected Works of George E. Andrews” compiles the author's most important papers and also provides his background commentary and comprehensive assessment of years of research and achievements.
Andrews is considered to be a world pioneer in the mathematical fields of partitions and q-series, and his contributions include numerous scientific papers and several books. He is an authority on the work of Srinivasa Ramanujan, the Indian mathematical genius of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In 1976 Andrews rediscovered Ramanujan's “Lost Notebook,” a finding that changed the shape of modern q-series research.
Andrews is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics and the American Mathematical Society. He served as the president of the American Mathematical Society from 2009 to 2011. He was appointed to the review-advisory panel of the Simons Foundation in 2010.
Awards for Andrews' exceptional achievements in research and teaching include his 2008 selection as one of three finalists for Baylor University's prestigious Robert Foster Cherry Award for Great Teaching. Also in 2008, he was awarded an honorary professorship at Nankai University in China. He received the Centennial Award from the department of mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania in 1999 in recognition of his contributions to pure mathematics and mathematics education.
In addition, Andrews was awarded honorary degrees by SASTRA University in India in 2012, the University of Waterloo in Canada in 2004, the University of Florida in 2002 and the University of Parma in Italy in 1998. Throughout his career, he has given numerous invited lectures in the United States and abroad.
A member of the Penn State faculty since 1964, Andrews was named Evan Pugh Professor of Mathematics in 1981. He served as chairman of the department from 1980 to 1982 and from 1995 to 1997, and he also served as the department's associate chair for faculty development. During his career at Penn State, Andrews has served as thesis adviser for numerous doctoral-degree and master's-degree students.
Andrews earned a doctoral degree in mathematics at the University of Pennsylvania in 1964, and bachelor's and master's degrees at Oregon State University in 1960.