Tribute - V. Lakshmikantham (1924-2012)
Former head of UT Arlington mathematics department
Dr. Lakshmikantham was born on March 16, 1924 in a small village in India. He started learning English at age 13 and finished high school in three years. He received bachelor's and master's degrees, then earned a Ph.D. from Osmania University in Hyderabad, India, in 1957, where differential equations was his primary interest.
After spending several years at universities in the U.S. and Canada, he held faculty positions at Marathawada University in India (1964-65) and the University of Rhode Island (1966-72) before coming to UT Arlington in 1973, where he helped establish the math department's first doctoral program. In 1976, he founded what has become a chief academic journal in Nonlinear Analysis: Theory, Methods and Applications. In 1986, he left UT Arlington and joined the Florida Institute of Technology, where he headed the Department of Mathematical Sciences until his retirement in 2011.
In 1991 Dr. Lakshmikantham established the nonprofit International Federation of Nonlinear Analysts (IFNA), which has become a central organization of world activities in the area of nonlinear analysis and interdisciplinary mathematics. He also organized the first World Congress of Nonlinear Analysts (WCNA) in 1992 and subsequent WCNA events in 1996, 2000 and 2004. He authored or co-authored more than 400 publications, including 35 books.