# UVU PROFESSIONAL PROFILE

## Bob Palais

*Professor - Mathematics*

#### BIOGRAPHY

Bob Palais joined the Department of Mathematics at UVU in 2011 and currently serves as department chair. He received his B.S. from Harvard, and M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, all in Mathematics. After postdoctoral positions at Berkeley and the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences (NYU), he joined the math department at the University of Utah in 1990, where he remains Adjunct Professor in the Pathology Department, School of Medicine. He is an inventor on 11 U.S. patents including some that are licensed for a widely used rapid DNA diagnostics system used in Covid-19 testing.Bob is co-author of Differential Equations, Mechanics, and Computation (American Mathematical Society) with R. Palais ( http://ode-math.com )

His Google Scholar page

( https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=Q0Gjc94AAAAJ&hl=en )

lists 2387 citations and an h-index of 21.

He has been called the godfather of the Tau movement in Atlantic's The Wire (see https://tauday.com/tau-manifesto and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=83ofi_L6eAo ) for more on Tau.

His interests include math of DNA-based medicine, scientific computation and mathematical visualization, partial differential equations, mathematical material science, quaternions and their applications, cognitive science and math education, geometry, dynamics, climate science, and mathematical genealogy.

He enjoys hiking and climbing in Utah's mountains and canyon lands.