James P. Fink

Jim and his wife Pat in Ushuaia, Argentina, on their way to Antarctica

Jim Fink graduated from Drexel University with a B.S. in physics (1963) and earned an M.S. in mathematics (1965) and a Ph.D. in mathematics (1967) from Stanford University. Before coming to Gettysburg in 1992, Jim spent 19 years at the University of Pittsburgh and 6 years at Butler University (Indianapolis). His professional interests include differential equations, numerical analysis, and dynamical systems. He has published 38 articles, co-edited a research textbook, and serves on the editorial board of a mathematics journal.

Jim retired in December of 2003 but regularly continued to teach a course until 2010 when he and his wife moved to Tucson, Arizona. Despite being born and raised in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, he won't miss gray snowy eastern winters. And he certainly won't miss East Coast summer humidity!

Jim has many interests including various outdoor activities and sports, traveling, reading, and, of course, good food and fine wine.

See Jim's curriculum vitae for further details about his academic history.

Here's a taste of what it's like to live in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

Gettysburg College is located in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where the famous Civil War battle took place in 1863. Historic markers are located at several points around the town noting significant events that occurred at the sites of the markers. There's a marker adjacent to the campus which indicates the effect the beginning of the battle had on a professor's mathematics class. It seems that little has changed!

Title: Emeritus Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science

Telephone: 717-337-6630

FAX: 717-337-6638


Some Interesting Previous Courses

Math 225 - Differential Equations (Fall 2009)

Math 361 - Chaos and Dynamical Systems (Spring 2008)

Physics 255 - Mathematical Techniques for Physicists (Spring 2007)

Math 363 - Differential Equations (Fall 2006)

CS 301 - Theory of Computation (Spring 2005)

CS 201 - The Mathematics of Computation (Fall 2003)

CS 311 - Design and Analysis of Algorithms (Fall 2001)

CS 322 - Computer Networks (Spring 2001)

Math 364 - Complex Analysis (Fall 1998)

Math 366 - Numerical Analysis (Spring 1998)

Math 211 - Multivariable Calculus (Spring 1996)

FC 119 - First-Year Seminar: What Is Mathematics? ... Really (Spring 1996)