August 04, 2016
Bangere Purnaprajna, professor of mathematics and courtesy professor of music, received the 2016 Max Wells Teaching Award. This award was established in 2002 in recognition of outstanding or exemplary teaching by a KU faculty member in the Department of Mathematics.
Max Wells received his B.S. degree (1969) in mathematics from KU and a M.S. degree (1971) in mathematics from the University of Michigan. He received a M.D. degree from KU in 1974 and went on to a career as a pathologist.
Purna completed his Ph.D. from Brandeis University in 1996 and came to KU in 1998. His research interests are in algebraic geometry and general topology specializing in extensions and absolutes of Hausdorff spaces. His research is supported by the National Science Foundation. He received a KU Kemper Award for Teaching Excellence in 2005.