Linear Algebra and its Applications 439 (2013) 513–514
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Harm Bart Curriculum Vitae
Harm Bart (born 1942) studied Mathematics and got his Ph.D. at the VU University Amsterdam. The title of his thesis, published in 1973 and written under the supervision of M.A. Kaashoek, was ‘ Meromorphic operator valued functions’. The academic year 1975/1976, Harm Bart spent at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA on a grant from the Netherlands Organization for the Advancement of Pure Research (Z.W.O.). He worked there with D.C. Lay and S. Goldberg. In 1979 he published a research monograph with I. Gohberg and M.A. Kaashoek entitled ‘Minimal factorization of matrix and operator functions’ (Birkhäuser, OT 1). This marked the beginning of a long period of cooperation in which the authors developed factorization techniques using the idea of a state space realization from Systems Theory. Later Harm Bart, his Ph.D. student R.A. Zuidwijk, and G.Ph.A. Thijsse investigated simultaneous reduction to complementary triangular forms of pairs of matrices. Jointly with L.G. Kroon and R.A. Zuidwijk, Harm Bart made a connection between this topic and the two machine flow shop problem from Operations Research. The main issue that Harm Bart has worked on in recent years, in close cooperation with B. Silbermann and T. Ehrhardt, is spectral regularity of Banach algebras. Harm Bart is the (co)author of four books and over sixty research papers. He is coeditor of several Proceedings and of the 2004 LAA Special Issue in honor of P. Lancaster. Also he is a member of the editorial boards of the journals Linear Algebra and its Applications (LAA), Electronic Journal of Linear Algebra (ELA) and Integral Equations and Operator Theory (IEOT). Harm Bart was on the first board of the International Linear Algebra Society (ILAS) and served a second term during the period 2000– 2003. He organized the 1989 International Workshop on Operator and Matrix Theory and the 1994 ILAS Conference (both in Rotterdam). From 1989 on he has been a member of the Steering Committee for the International Workshop on Operator Theory and its Applications. For several years and up to his retirement, Harm Bart was fellow of two Research Schools officially recognized by the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences: The Stieltjes Institute for Mathematics and the Tinbergen Institute. Memberships include Koninklijk Wiskundig Genootschap, American Mathematical Society, International Linear Algebra Society, and Koninklijke Hollandsche Maatschappij der Wetenschappen (the oldest Dutch society for the advancement of science, founded in 1752). Harm Bart has been on several scientific juries, among them the juries for the AkzoNobel Science Awards 2000 and 2006 (Dutch prizes in the Exact Sciences) and (as chairman) the international jury for the 2002 Hans Schneider Prize in Linear Algebra. He chaired the 2004 ILAS Nominations Committee and the 2008/2009 ILAS Program Review Committee. In the period 1982–1985, Harm Bart held a part time professorship in Analysis at the mathematical department of the Technical University in Eindhoven. In 1984, he was appointed professor of Mathematics at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. Within the Faculty of Economics and the Erasmus
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University he served on numerous committees. From 1984 to 1994 he was chairman of the Mathematics Group at the Erasmus University, and from 1986 to 1992 he acted as Director of the Econometric Institute. In the years 1992–1996 Harm Bart was Vice Dean of the Erasmus School of Economics and during the period 1996–2000 he was Dean. In this capacity, he has been cofounder of the Erasmus Research Institute of Management (ERIM Rotterdam), another Research School officially recognized by the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences. For his work as Dean, Harm Bart was awarded the Ad Fontes Medal of Honor of the Erasmus University Rotterdam in 2001. In the same year he also received the Medal of Honor of Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridsky for his role in the cooperation of that university with the Erasmus School of Economics in Rotterdam. In September 2003 he retired and became an emeritus professor at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. After his retirement Harm Bart became active in the educational program of the Erasmus University Rotterdam for senior citizens. From 2001 on he has been chairman of its supervisory and advisory board. He also contributed to the program by giving courses on topics in the exact or natural sciences having a historical or philosophical flavor. In that same vein Harm Bart has given many popularizing lectures for general audiences. Since 2005, he publishes regularly in Civis Mundi, a Dutch journal on political philosophy and culture. Harm Bart has been chairman or board member of many community organizations (primary and secondary schools, church, local health organization, sport clubs, Rotaryclub, local political organization, classical choir). For the combination of his academic and non-academic work, Harm Bart was honored in 2004 with a Royal Decoration (Officer in the Order of Oranje Nassau). In all his activities, Harm Bart has been strongly supported by his wife Margaretha (Greetje) Doef whom he married in 1967. Out of their marriage came three daughters: Alet, Helen and Femke. At this moment there are four granddaughters and four grandsons.