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Dr. Harold P. Boas, Presidential Professor and Regents Professor of Mathematics at Texas A&M University, has been selected to receive the Mathematical Association of America's (MAA) Paul R. Halmos-Lester R. Ford Award recognizing excellence in mathematical writing.

Boas, who previously earned the same honor in 2007, was one of seven individuals presented Thursday (July 27) with the $1,000 award recognizing exceptional authors who have published during the past year in The American Mathematical Monthly, the MAAs flagship journal. The Halmos-Ford Award was one of five presented in Chicago in celebration of the year's best mathematics writing at the organization's annual conference, MAA MathFest 2017, one of the largest gatherings of mathematicians in the country.

"These award winners represent the best in mathematical writing, and we are proud that they are choosing to publish their work with the Mathematical Association of America," said Michael Pearson, executive director of the MAA. "Clear and effective writing is the foundation of the mathematical community and the wider scientific community."

Boas, who joined the Texas A&M Department of Mathematics faculty in 1984, is an internationally known scholar in several complex variables, having won the American Mathematical Society (AMS) Bergman Prize (joint with fellow Texas A&M mathematician Dr. Emil J. Straube) in 1995 celebrating research accomplishment. He is equally revered for his innovative approach to teaching, his lasting influence on students and his flair for writing.

Boas was recognized in Chicago for his paper, "Mocposite Functions," published in The Monthly in May 2016. In addition to two Halmos-Ford Awards, he earned the MAA's 2009 Chauvenet Prize for expository writing.

"Harold Boas is the quintessential scholar," said Straube, head of Texas A&M Mathematics. "His scholarship encompasses research, teaching and writing, not as separate endeavors but as interconnected aspects of our stewardship of mathematical knowledge. While this latest award is not a surprise, it is certainly well deserved. We are fortunate to have a scholar of Harold's caliber on our faculty."

An inaugural fellow of the AMS (2012), Boas has received numerous awards and honors for teaching and scholarship, including the MAA's 2013 Texas Section Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching of Mathematics and Texas A&M's 2012 Presidential Professor for Teaching Excellence Award, a perpetual title and Texas A&M's highest recognition for classroom prowess. In addition to the first Outstanding Teaching Award bestowed by Texas A&M Mathematics in 1994, Boas has received the Texas A&M Association of Former Students Distinguished Achievement Award in Teaching at both the college- and university-levels (2009 and 2010, respectively) after previously winning one for Research (1996). He is a past editor of the AMS journal Notices (2001-03).

To learn more about Boas and his teaching, research and service efforts, visit http://www.math.tamu.edu/~harold.boas/.

For more information about the Mathematical Association of America and MathFest, visit http://www.maa.org/meetings/mathfest.

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Contact: Shana K. Hutchins, (979) 862-1237 or shutchins@science.tamu.edu or Dr. Harold P. Boas, (979) 845-6028 or boas@math.tamu.edu

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