A visiting distinguished professor of mathematics will present a public talk at WVU on Nov. 14. Herbert Fleischner, who is serving as the Eiesland Visiting Professor of Mathematics this semester, will present”From the Konigsberg Bridges to the Chinese Postman,”at 4 p.m. in 306 Armstrong Hall. His lecture, which is free and open to the public, will examine various issues in graph theory, which is used to solve problems in computer science, logistics, operations research.

Fleischner is director of the Institute of Discrete Mathematics at the AustrianAcademy of Sciences, in Vienna. He is a renowned scholar in graph theory, especially Eulerian and Hamiltonian graphs, algorithms, and connections between graph theory and logic. He has published more than 85 scholarly papers.

He completed his undergraduate studies in mathematics and physics in 1962 at the University of Vienna, where he also completed his Ph.D. in mathematics in 1968. He has served as a visiting professor at MIT , Princeton, and MemphisStateUniversity. He has given invited lectures throughout the world.

As the Eiesland Visiting Professor of Mathematics, Fleischner has been conducting research with Professors John Goldwasser, Hong-Jian Lai, and Cun-Quan Zhang in the Department of Mathematics and interacting with graduate students through a series of guest lectures and seminar discussions.

The professorship is named in honor of John Arndt Eiesland (1867-1950), who came to WVU in 1907 to serve as chair of the Department of Mathematics, a position that he held until his retirement in 1938. Eiesland established the research orientation of the Department of Mathematics and supervised the first two doctorates awarded in the discipline at WVU .

In 1994, his heirs established the John Arndt Eiesland Professorship of Mathematics Fund. The income of this fund is for the support of internationally, nationally, or regionally recognized outstanding mathematicians to serve as visiting scholars and to actively interact with the faculty members in scholarly activities. Eiesland Hall is also named in his memory.

“The Mathematics Department is very grateful to the family of John Arndt Eiesland for the establishment of this fund,”said Sherman D. Riemenschneider, department chair.”This fund provides us with the opportunity to bring distinguished visitors to the Department of Mathematics to interact with the faculty and students through research and teaching.”