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Address: Department of Mathematics, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA 15260, USA

Telephone: 412 624 8316, or, to leave a message, 412 624 8375 , Fax: 412 624 8397

email: sph+@pitt.edu

IN MEMORIAM: J. B. McLeod, 1929-2014

My good friend, colleague, and co-author died on August 20, 2014. Bryce came to the University of Pittsburgh in 1987, from Oxford University, and returned home to England after his retirement from Pitt in 2007. During his time here he became a University Professor. He taught the Department's graduate course in ordinary differential equations, advised five Ph. D. students, and wrote many papers. He ran an inspiring seminar in applied analysis for many years. Perhaps his most famous research from this period was an important paper with Professor G. Bard Ermentrout of our department, on waves in neural nets. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of London in 1992, while at Pitt. He will be missed.

I was asked to write an obituary for him for a British newspaper. This can be seen at

McLeod Obituary

A version appeared in the Independent newspaper of London on September 22, 2014.

A video of an interview with Bryce, by Professor John Ball of Oxford, can be seen at

McLeod Video

Finally, a biography which includes comments by Pitt students and others can be found at

McLeod Bio

The following set of notes was written by Professor McLeod.

An alternative to the Frobenius method for regular singular points


My recent teaching has been in the Pitt Osher program, Pitt Osher, for senior citizens. I have taught three courses on the history of mathematics. In the fall of 2016 I will give such a course in the CMU Osher program, CMU Osher.


  • Please go to Pitt Math Technical reports for preprints: "Uniqueness of relaxation oscillations: A classical approach", with J. B. McLeod (2013). This paper has since appeared in the Quarterly of Applied Mathematics.

    My most recent research paper is: "Existence of travelling pulses for some neural nets", to appear in the Proceeding of the Royal Society of Edinburgh, Section A'' in 2016.

    I have also written an article on the life and work of Professor McLeod, to appear in the Biographical Memoirs of Fellows of the Royal Society of London. This publication is accessible to those with Pitt email addresses at Pitt Library ejournals .


    Classical Methods in Ordinary Differential Equations: With Applications to Boundary Value Problems (with J. B. McLeod).

    This book was published by the American Mathematical Society in January, 2012. Here is a link for further information including some material from the book.

    Classical Methods in Ordinary Differential Equations

    For a list of addenda and errata go to addenda and errata