I have decided to take early retirement from my tenured faculty position in the Department of Mathematical and Computer Sciences. This will become effect at the end of August, 1999.
This does not mean that I will stop doing science!
This decision was largely motivated by my desire to slough off those aspects of my academic position that I no longer enjoy in favor of those that give me the greatest satisfaction. For me, those latter include, first and foremost, graduate education and research---the one-on-one interactions with graduate students and my professional colleagues here and abroad. (Those of you who have been connected to my recent research in data mapping and its consequences can certainly confirm that I am by no means ready to give up these aspects of my career!)
I expect that I will remain involved in the Center for Wave Phenomena under the title, Professor Emeritus, but will also have more flexibility to take advantage of opportunities to visit and collaborate elsewhere. The electronic revolution that we are living in has made us all part of a virtual academic community of enormous talent and capability, but one that still profits from some face-to -face contact---more than I can manage to my satisfaction within the constraints of my current academic responsibilities.
I have also taken great pleasure in the short courses that I have given and I hope to do more of that in the future, as well. In addition, there is another book that I would like to write, based on the course that I have given occasionally in special topics of complex variables---multi-valued functions and their applications.
Of course, there are non-scientific opportunities in the offing, as well: bike touring---mountain and road, tele- skate- and backcountry skiing, traveling, photography---there is a digital revolution in photography that I want to catch up with.
My Department Head and the Vice President for Academic Affairs have assured me that they will seek a replacement for me who is appropriate for CWP as well as for the Department. That will proceed on a normal academic schedule to have someone in place when my retirement becomes effective. Thus, I expect that CWP will continue to be the strong interdisciplinary program that it is now--- among the very best in the world in its special program of graduate education and research.
I am looking forward to this change with great enthusiasm and anticpation; I hope you all can feel the same on my behalf.