Profits earned from a mathematics textbook have been given to the University of Utah Mathematics Department to endow the C.R. Wylie Instructorship.
Clarence R. Wylie Jr., Kenan professor emeritus at Furman University, Greenville, S.C., has donated $100,000 to establish the instructorship, which will be offered to a postdoctoral fellow who will teach and conduct research. Wylie, who was U. math department chairman for 20 years, wrote "Advanced Engineering Mathematics" nearly 40 years ago when he was at the U. It has been translated into two foreign languages."I spent 21 years at the U. This is the best mathematics department in the Intermountain West. I want to give a little of myself in return for the years I had here," Wylie said.
The math professor has written several other math textbooks plus a book of poetry and a book of limericks. He has served as a consultant to several large corporations and has been honored for his work by Furman University and Wayne State University.