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Mathematics News, 2009 : Jan Abas


Jan Abas (1936 - 2009) : mathematician, author, designer and artist.

With great regret we report the passing of our colleague Dr Jan Abas on Saturday 9th May, following a short period of illness.

A celebration of his life was held on Monday, May 18th, 2009, at Bangor cemetery.

Jan was a lecturer at Bangor for 27 years, from 1967 to 1993, initially in the Department of Applied Mathematics and then in the School of Mathmatics.
His postgraduate research area was magneto-hydrodynamics, but his desire for a visual display of the results of computer calculations led him into the area of Computer Graphics.

Following early retirement, he pursued a freelance career, but continued to teach for the Department of Lifelong Learning, and give his presentation on Frieze Patterns to the North-West Wales Mathematics Masterclasses.

He was an Honorary Research Fellow of the university in the School of Computer Science.

He developed the award-winning website Symmetry and Islamic Art, now moved to
He was the author of a number of books, most notably Symmetries of Islamic Geometrical Patterns (written with his PhD student Amer Shaker Salman).

In 1997 Jan became aware of the first symptoms of Parkinson disease.
For his account of why he "regards having contracted Parkinson disease as the greatest opportunity that has come his way" see his web page on Creating Neurobics. List of selected pulications.

view from College Park along the coast to Conwy


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