It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing this week of Rudy Horne, who was a postdoctoral fellow in Mathematics at UNC from 2002 until 2005. Rudy was a person with enormous spirit and he cheered us everyday he was in the Mathematics Department at Carolina. He was most recently an Associate Professor at Morehouse College, teaching and inspiring undergraduates there to pursue mathematics. His research was in nonlinear optics and he was known for uncovering effects in PT symmetric systems as well as his earlier work on four-wave mixing. In 2016, he worked on the production of the movie “Hidden Figures” as a mathematics consultant. The movie is about three African-American women who played key roles in the US space program. His role was to ensure the credibility of the mathematical ideas discussed and written on the blackboards during the movie. He was scheduled to deliver a public lecture at UNC in October about his experience on the movie set but had to cancel due to ill-health.
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