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Personal papers of Charles Himmelberg

Call Number: PP 643


The Charles Himmelberg papers consist of peer review materials, teaching materials, papers concerning his personal employment at the University of Kansas, his chairmanship of the Mathematics Department at KU, and his own academic papers. Information about any topic may be found in multiple locations throughout the collection. Folder titles are from the creator unless in [brackets], in which case Spencer staff devised the folder title.


  • Creation: 1895-2005 (bulk 1965-2005)


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Biography of Charles J. Himmelberg (1931-)

Charles Himmelberg, born in Kansas City, Missouri in 1931, went to Rockhurst High School and College and earned a masters and doctorate at the University of Notre Dame, specializing in Topology and Analysis. He worked for a short time at the Midwest Research Institute (MRI) in Kansas City before becoming a mathematics professor at the University of Kansas in 1965. He took a sabbatical in 1975 to teach at the University of Florence in Italy. He was chairman of the KU mathematics department from 1978 to 1999 and retired in 2005.

Some of Himmelberg's areas of study have included uniform spaces, retracts and selections, topological groups, homotopy theory and stochastic games. He submitted articles to peer reviewed journals and reviewed and refereed mathematical theorems and academic papers and textbooks. He and his wife, Mary Pat Himmelberg, have a KU mathematics graduate student merit award in their names.

[Information retrieved from University Archives morgue file and Endacott Society oral history transcript.]


1 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Physical Location

PP 643

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transfer, University of Kansas Mathematics Department, 2016.

Related Materials

Endacott Society Oral History 671745, Charles Himmelberg.

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Guide to the Charles Himmelberg Collection
Personal papers of Charles Himmelberg
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Personal papers of Charles Himmelberg Collection, PP 643, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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