Company: The University of Kansas
Location: Lexington, Kentucky, United States
Paul Stallings Mostert, PhD, Mathematician at The University of Kansas, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in mathematics and higher education.
With more than 65 years of professional excellence in the field, Dr. Mostert has been retired from academia since 1991, having formerly been a full professor of mathematics at The University of Kansas since 1970. Since his retirement, he has acted as manager, director, owner, and president of several companies, including MedMo, LLC, i2i Technologies, Mostert Seales Research Company, LLC, The Mostert Group, LLC, EquiMost, EQUIX Biomechanics, and EQUIX Research Corporation.
Dr. Mostert began his journey into academia as a graduate teaching assistant in mathematics at Purdue University in 1951. Upon graduating with his doctorate, he became a research instructor in 1953 and an assistant professor at Tulane University in 1954. After acting as an associate professor at Tulane University from 1958 to 1962, he became a guest professor at the University of Tübingen in Germany for one year and rose to the rank of full professor of mathematics at Tulane University until 1970. During this time, he also worked for the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton University and held a senior postdoctoral fellowship from 1967 to 1968.
To prepare for his illustrious career, Dr. Mostert pursued a formal education, receiving a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from Rhodes College in 1950 and Master of Science in mathematics from the University of Chicago in 1951. He subsequently earned a Doctor of Philosophy from Purdue University in 1953. A respected speaker in his field, he has participated in several symposia related to mathematics and was an invited lecturer in such places as Louisiana, Kansas, Florida, Michigan, South Africa, and Czechia. He has also spoken on behalf of the American Mathematical Society and the South African Mathematical Society.
A prolific author, Dr. Mostert has contributed several articles to professional journals and proposals to the National Science Foundation, as well as acted as a reviewer for professional journals. He has served as coauthor of publications in such journals as the Proceedings of the American Mathematical Society, Duke Mathematical Journal, Annals of Mathematics, Transactions of the American Mathematical Society, and the American Journal of Mathematics. He has also held the role of managing and executive editor of numerous journals, including Semigroup Forum, which he cofounded in 1969 and considers to be the highlight of his career. In his retirement, Dr. Mostert has penned article related to thoroughbred breeding and equestrian studies for the Journal of Equine Veterinary Sciences.
A leading voice in his industry, Dr. Mostert has maintained affiliation with several organizations, including as chair of the committee on academic freedom, tenure, and employment security of the American Mathematical Society from 1972 to 1977 and member-at-large of the American Mathematical Society from 1972 to 1975. He is additionally associated with the Institute for Advanced Study and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association.
In recognition of his exceptional contributions to his fields of interest, Dr. Mostert has accrued several accolades throughout his impressive career. He has won several grants in recent years from the Ford Foundation and the National Science Foundation, including the AIR-TT Grant in 2015 and 2016, the I-Corps Program Grant in 2014, the STTR Grant in 2009 and 2010, the National Institute for Homeland Security Grant in 2006 and 2007, the Small Business Innovative Research Grant in 2005, the Small Business Innovative Research Grant Phase-IIB in 2004, the Small Business Innovative Research Grant Phase II from 2001 to 2003, and the Small Business Innovative Research Grant Phase I in 2000. Notably, he was nominated for the E. Harris Harbison National Award for Gifted Teachers in 1971.
Attributing his success to his many mentors from the University of Chicago, including Paul Halmos, considered among the best mathematics writers of all time, Dr. Mostert has been married to Barbara Bond since 1990 and is the proud father of six children, six grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. He has been highlighted in several editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, and Who’s Who in the World.
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