Rudolph Michael Najar
Department of Mathematics
- Ethnicity: Hispanic
- Gender: M
- Year of Birth: 1931
- Place of Birth: San Fernando, CA
California State University, Fresno
Fresno, CA 93740-0108
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- Ph.D. Institution: Univ. of Notre Dame, 1970
- Dissertation Title: Fundamental Exact Sequences in Relative Cohomology
- MS Institution: University of Notre Dame
- BA Institution: St. Mary's College (CA)
Rudolph Michael Najar was born June 11, 1931 in San Fernando, California,
the eldest of eight children born to Juan and Dolores (Jimenez) Najar.
Juan had migrated from Mexico to California at age 17 and settled in the
San Fernando Valley. Successively, he worked in the citrus orchards, became
a self-employed electrician, and worked for Lockheed during World War II.
At the time of his death, he was an electrical inspector. The family of
Dolores Jimenez migrated to California when she was an infant. They settled
in San Fernando where she met Juan. Juan and Dolores sent all their children
to Catholic schools.
Rudolph graduated from St. Mary's College with a bachelor's degree in
physics. He started his career as a high school science and mathematics teacher.
In the early 1960s, he went to the University of Notre Dame to participate
in summer session and academic year institutes for high school science
and mathematics teachers supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
After earning a master's degree in mathematics, he continued in the doctoral
program. In 1967, he went ABD to teach at St. Mary's College. His Ph.D. was awarded
in 1970. He was chair of the mathematics department 1969-70.
In 1970 Rudolph married Margaret Louise Smith of Pittsfield, IL whom
he had met at Notre Dame. Also in 1970 he accepted a position at Wisconsin
State University, Whitewater, shortly to become University of Wisconsin,
Whitewater (UWW). In 1979, Rudolph was appointed Associate Dean of the
College of Letters and Sciences at UWW, a position he held for eleven years
under three deans. The family, now including four children, moved in 1990 when Rudolph
accepted a faculty position at the California State University, Fresno.
He served a three-year term, 1993-96, as chair of the department
In addition to teaching, Rudolph has a research interest in elementary
number theory. He has directed in the last ten years two Conference Board
for the Mathematical Sciences conferences and two Undergraduate Faculty
Enhancement workshops, all four with NSF support. He and a colleague, Dr.
Peter Tannenbaum, have just finished conducting the San Joaquin Young Scholars
Mathematics Institute also with NSF support in the summer of 1998.