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Bezdek reappointed as C. Harry Knowles Endowed Professor

Published: 06/08/2017

By: Lindsay Penny

Andras Bezdek, professor in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, has been reappointed as the C. Harry Knowles Endowed Professor for Research Leadership in Mathematics Instruction for a five-year term.

Bezdek, whose research area is geometry, has been with the Department of Mathematics and Statistics for more than 25 years. He holds several degrees from Eötvös University in Budapest, Ohio State University and the Hungarian Academy of Sciences.

COSAM Alumnus C. Harry Knowles, physics, ’51, established the professorship to honor a full-time, tenured faculty member in the Department of Mathematics and Statistics who maintains a strong commitment to research and outreach initiatives.

Knowles, an inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropist, holds more than 400 U.S. patents relating to transistors, lasers and bar code scanning technology. Over the course of his career, he worked with Bell Labs, Motorola and Westinghouse before founding Metrologic Instruments in 1968. Metrologic became a global, industry leader in laser and bar code scanner manufacturing for the next 40 years.

Knowles is a longtime supporter of the college and has committed to supporting excellence in high school mathematics and science teaching through the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation.

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