Louis Brand

Louis Brand was born in Cincinnati and received three engineering degrees (ChE'07, EE'08, MS '09) from the University of Cincinnati. His Harvard Ph.D. was awarded in 1917 for a dissertation on systems of linear equations in infinitely many unknowns written under the direction of Maxime Bôcher. He was well-know for a series of popular textbooks on vector analysis and mechanics. Brand succeeded Harris Hancock as Head of the Mathematics Department in 1937.

Brand served as Program Chairman of the MAA Ohio Section, 1930-31, and Section Chairman, 1941-42. He was a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and was awarded an honorary D.Sc. degree by the University of Cincinnati in 1956. Brand was deeply interested in natural history and he amassed an important collection of sea shells, numbering more than a quarter million specimens, that was on display for many years at the Cincinnati Museum of Natural History.

On his retirement from the University of Cincinnati in 1955 he was appointed M.D. Anderson Distinguished Professor of Mathematics and Chairman of the Department of Mathematics at the University of Houston.

Books by Louis Brand

Vectorial Mechanics, Wiley, New York, 1930.
Vector and Tensor Analysis, Wiley, New York, 1947.
Advanced Calculus, Wiley, New York, 1955.
Vector Analysis, Wiley, New York, 1957.
Differential and Difference Equations, Wiley, New York, 1966.

Article by Charles Groetsch
University of Cincinnati