Interested in mathematics from a formative age, Paul Concus, PhD, exhibited a natural talent for the craft, thus prompting his desire to delve into the profession full time. Receiving a Bachelor of Science from the California Institute of Technology in 1954, he subsequently attended Harvard University, where he earned a Master of Arts in physics in 1955 and a Doctor of Philosophy in applied mathematics in 1959. During his graduate studies, Dr. Concus notably witnessed the traveling overhead of Sputnik I, the world’s first artificial satellite. It was during this time that he realized his aptitude should include mathematics as it relates to outer space.
Beginning in 1960, Dr. Concus served as a scientist at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California. Eighteen years following the inception of his career, he also served the University of California, Berkeley, as a professor, where he currently holds the title of professor emeritus. To share his wealth of knowledge with his colleagues and aspiring mathematicians, he has authored and edited multiple books in his field, as well as contributed myriad articles to scientific journals.
During his tenure at the laboratory and university, Dr. Concus worked alongside the National Aeronautics and Space Administration on several projects regarding the space program. Although he was not initially trained in the field of astronautics, he was nevertheless excited for the launch of the programs in which he participated. As a testament to his professional prowess, Dr. Concus has received numerous grants from various governmental agencies, as well as a visiting fellowship from the Science Research Council in England and the Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche in Italy. In 2007, he was the recipient of the Space Processing Award from the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
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