Graham Evans

Graham Evans

Professor Emeritus Graham Evans passed away on March 20, 2021. Evans joined the department in 1972 and retired in 2004. While a member of the department, he served as managing editor of the Illinois Journal of Mathematics (1994-1998) and as director of undergraduate studies (2000-2004).

His research was centered on commutative rings and the study of free resolutions of modules. He spent the early part of his research collaborating on a series of articles with David Eisenbud and wrote with several others while at Illinois—principally Phillip Griffith. In the mid 1970s, he worked with then UIUC undergraduate Michael Stillman (BA 78) on a computer program to create free resolutions. This was substantially improved by Stillman, David Bayer, Professor Emeritus Daniel Grayson, and others to become Macaulay 2.

Four students completed their PhD's under his direction. Evans received an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Fellowship in 1975-76 that he spent at Institut des Hautes Études Scientifiques (IHES) in Paris. He received the Campus Award for Excellence in Advising Undergraduate Students in 2001 and the King Broadrick-Allen Award for Excellence in Honors Teaching from the Campus Honors Program in 2002.



Memories + Memorials

Since his passing, several members of the UIUC Mathematics family and members throughout the mathematics community have sent us their memories of Professor Evans, sharing how impactful he was on their lives. Click on the names below to see the memorials and stories we have received about Professor Evans.

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