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Palmersville Native James Cantrell Honored by Bethel University

Posted 10/23/18

McKENZIE (October 20) — Dr. James Cantrell, a Palmersville native, was honored with Bethel University’s first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award on Saturday morning this the annual Hall of …

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Palmersville Native James Cantrell Honored by Bethel University

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McKENZIE (October 20) — Dr. James Cantrell, a Palmersville native, was honored with Bethel University’s first-ever Lifetime Achievement Award on Saturday morning this the annual Hall of Fame event on campus.

Cantrell is a graduate of Palmersville High School and a 1953 graduate of Bethel College with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Chemistry minor. Dr. Cantrell continued his post-graduate work by earning a Masters Degree in Mathematics from the University of Mississippi in 1955, followed by his PhD from the University of Tenn. at Knoxville where he became interested in Topology and where his 1961 doctoral thesis came to the attention of the American Mathematical Society.  After completing his doctorate, Dr. Cantrell joined the faculty of the University of Georgia where he continued his work in the field of Topology.  

In addition to his academic achievements, Dr. Cantrell’s work has been published in American Mathematical Society publications, he was selected to be a fellow of the Sloan Foundation, was invited by Robert Oppenheimer to be a member of the Institute for Advanced Study and founded a yearly Georgia Topology Conference which, after fifty-one years, is now one of the longest running geometry conferences in the world.  

In 1993 Jim retired and became emeritus professor and head of the Department of Mathematics, University of Georgia. Endowed in his honor, the Cantrell Lecture Series continues to give a concatenation of lectures on topics of historical and research interest. In 2012 Dr. Cantrell was inducted into the Fellows of the American Mathematical Society. In notifying him of his selection the AMS President stated, “You have been chosen for this honor in view of your distinguished contributions to mathematics.”    

His plaque will be enshrined in the new Henry County Medical Center display area in the lobby of the Vera Low Center on the Bethel campus.

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