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Regents' Proceedings 968
Frank Harary, Professor of Mathematics, will retire from active faculty status on December 31, 1986, after a most productive career as a teacher and researcher at The University of Michigan.
A native of New York City, Professor Harary received his B.A. and M.A. degrees, in 1941 and 1945 respectively, from Brooklyn College. After receiving his Ph.D. degree from the University of California at Berkeley in 1948, he joined The University of Michigan faculty as an instructor. He was made an assistant professor in 1953, was promoted to associate professor in 1959, and to professor of mathematics in 1964. From 1950-82 he was also associated with the Institute for Social Research, first as a research associate and then as a faculty associate.
Professor Harary is an extremely prolific writer: he is the author of over 450 papers and four books, and has edited an additional nine books. His book, Graph Theory, published in 1969, has been translated into three languages and is considered a classic work, which popularized graph theory throughout the world. He is an editor of eleven mathematics journals and was a founding editor of two: Journal of Combinatorial Theory in 1966 and Journal of Graph Theory in 1977. He has chaired 15 doctoral thesis committees. Although his specialty is enumerative graph theory, he is at least as well known for his applications of graph theory to problems in the social sciences and the physical sciences.
An enthusiastic traveler, Professor Harary was a popular lecturer who took great pleasure in his annual international lecture tours. His numerous honors include the Alumni Award of Honor from Brooklyn College and honorary degrees from the University of Aberdeen and the University of Lund. He was especially proud to have served as Marshall at The University of Michigan commencements for over two decades.
The Regents now salute this distinguished mathematician for his many outstanding achievements by naming Frank Harary Professor Emeritus of Mathematics.