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Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Mathematician

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Woods Hole, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
Do more math.

Birthplace

Born:
7/24/1948
Birth Location:
Oakland, California

Profession

Category:
ScienceMakers
Occupation(s):
Mathematician

Favorites

Favorite Color:
None
Favorite Food:
None
Favorite Time of Year:
Spring
Favorite Vacation Spot:
Woods Hole, Massachusetts
Favorite Quote:
Do more math.

Birthplace

Born:
7/24/1948
Birth Location:
Oakland
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Biography

Mathematician James Curry was born in 1948 in Oakland, California. Curry became interested in mathematics at age twelve, after seeing fascinating symbols and equations in a physics book. He was determined to learn calculus and received a lot of support from his high school math teacher. Curry was also curious about computers after working with one that was donated to his high school. In 1976, Curry received with his B.S. degree in mathematics from the University of California, Berkeley. He also attended graduate school the University of California, Berkeley, graduating with his M.S. degree in mathematics in 1976 and his Ph.D. degree I mathematics in 1976.

Upon graduation, Curry was awarded consecutive postdoctoral fellowships to study the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder, Colorado. In 1981, Curry began scientific investigations with the CRAY High Performance Computing System. His research was supported with the Minority Research Initiation grant from the National Science Foundation. He investigated the role of computers in helping people to understand complicated topics like weather monitoring and mathematics theory. Curry’s research focused on developing ways to solve nonlinear equations using a computer. He worked with scientists who study the ocean and atmosphere, such as Warren Washington, and helped them to answer questions about their work using mathematics and computers. In 1990, Curry joined the faculty at the University of Colorado, Boulder as associate professor of applied mathematics. Curry was promoted to full professor of mathematics at the University of Colorado in 1991; and, in 2008, he was appointed associate director of the program in applied mathematics. Curry has also worked as a project officer at the National Science Foundation, where he managed the distribution of federal funding to programs from the Division of Mathematical Science, Applied Mathematics Division.

Curry’s seminal research with the CRAY supercomputer has been widely-published in academic journals including, Communications in Mathematical Physics and Communications in Applied Nonlinear Analysis. In addition to research and writing, Curry has contributed to STEM education via The Curriculum Project, which has been successful in addressing critical issues involving minority participation in mathematics.

James H. Curry was interviewed by The HistoryMakers on January 16, 2013.

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  • Tape: 1 Story: 3 - James Curry describes his mother's family background
  • Tape: 1 Story: 4 - James Curry talks about his parents' views about Texas
  • Tape: 1 Story: 5 - James Curry talks about his mother's education and veiled family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 6 - James Curry describes his father's family history
  • Tape: 1 Story: 7 - James Curry talks about his paternal grandfather
  • Tape: 1 Story: 8 - James Curry talks about his father's employment with Southern Pacific Railway
  • Tape: 2 Story: 1 - James Curry talks about his parents
  • Tape: 2 Story: 2 - James Curry talks about his sister, Gloria Curry, and his school guidance counselor Edward L. Dry
  • Tape: 2 Story: 3 - James Curry describes his parents' personalities and who he takes after
  • Tape: 2 Story: 4 - James Curry describes growing up in West Oakland, California
  • Tape: 2 Story: 5 - James Curry describes the sights and sounds and smells of growing up
  • Tape: 2 Story: 6 - James Curry describes his interest in math and science fiction
  • Tape: 3 Story: 1 - James Curry describes his interest in comic books, science fiction and math
  • Tape: 3 Story: 2 - James Curry describes his experience at Cole Elementary School and Lowell Junior High School
  • Tape: 3 Story: 3 - James Curry describes his introduction to computers in the ninth grade
  • Tape: 3 Story: 4 - James Curry talks about his math teacher, Mary Perry Smith
  • Tape: 3 Story: 5 - James Curry talks about his mentors, Edward L. Dry and Mary Perry Smith
  • Tape: 3 Story: 6 - James Curry describes his experience in high school
  • Tape: 3 Story: 7 - James Curry talks about his mentors at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Tape: 4 Story: 1 - James Curry describes his experience at the University of California, Berkeley in the 1960s
  • Tape: 4 Story: 2 - James Curry describes his motivation to learn math
  • Tape: 4 Story: 3 - James Curry talks about Harry Morrison, Warren Washington and Jim Donaldson
  • Tape: 4 Story: 4 - James Curry talks about prominent mathematicians at the University of California, Berkeley
  • Tape: 4 Story: 5 - James Curry describes his decision to attend graduate school
  • Tape: 4 Story: 6 - James Curry describes his interest in obtaining a Ph.D. degree at U.C. Berkeley
  • Tape: 4 Story: 7 - James Curry talks about William Lester and Robert Bragg
  • Tape: 4 Story: 8 - James Curry talks about his Ph.D. dissertation research
  • Tape: 5 Story: 1 - James Curry talks about his Ph.D. thesis on finite dimensional normal approximations to Boussinesq equations
  • Tape: 5 Story: 2 - James Curry describes his experience with the PDP-11 super mini-computer at U.C. Berkeley
  • Tape: 5 Story: 3 - James Curry describes his experience in France
  • Tape: 5 Story: 4 - James Curry describes his experience at Howard University
  • Tape: 5 Story: 5 - James Curry talks about his experiences at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 5 Story: 6 - James Curry describes his scientific collaboration with James Yorke
  • Tape: 5 Story: 7 - James Curry talks about Ed Lorenz at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Tape: 5 Story: 8 - James Curry describes his experience at the National Center of Atmospheric Research and the University of Colorado
  • Tape: 5 Story: 9 - James Curry talks about his research at the National Center for Atmospheric Research
  • Tape: 6 Story: 1 - James Curry talks about Professor William King and Professor Charles Nilon
  • Tape: 6 Story: 2 - James Curry talks about the Cray-1 supercomputing system
  • Tape: 6 Story: 3 - James Curry talks his former and current students
  • Tape: 6 Story: 4 - James Curry talks about the Conference for African American Research in Mathematical Sciences [CAARMS]
  • Tape: 6 Story: 5 - James Curry talks about his career and his choices about family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 6 - James Curry talks about his trips to Vietnam for work
  • Tape: 6 Story: 7 - James Curry talks about his administrative roles at the University of Colorado
  • Tape: 6 Story: 8 - James Curry discusses the lack of African Americans pursuing academic careers in mathematics
  • Tape: 6 Story: 9 - James Curry describes his hopes and concerns for the African American community
  • Tape: 6 Story: 10 - James Curry reflects upon his family
  • Tape: 6 Story: 11 - James Curry reflects upon his legacy
  • Tape: 6 Story: 12 - James Curry talks about how he would like to be remembered