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(205) 934-2154
University Hall 4049

Research and Teaching Interests: Differential Equations, Inequalities, Analysis

Office Hours: By appointment only


  • Ph.D., University of Tennessee, Mathematics

I was born in Talladega, Alabama, but from age three, I lived in Knoxville, Tennessee, until finishing my undergraduate studies. Afterwards I worked for four years in the defense industry at the Ballistics Research Labs in Aberdeen, Maryland; RCA Service Corporation at Patrick Air Force Base, Cocoa Beach Florida; and Radiation Inc (now Harris Corp.) in Melbourne, Florida. During that period, I took evening courses at the Florida Institute of Technology to earn my M.S. in applied mathematics. Although that was a very interesting experience, I soon decided that I would like to teach mathematics. I left industry and went back to graduate school at UTK where I eventually earned my Ph.D. Then I taught for three years at Slippery Rock State College, Pennsylvania, before beginning my career at UAB, where I have been since 1975.

Select Publications

  • Alexander Balinsky, W. Desmond Evans, and Roger T. Lewis. The Analysis and Geometry of Hardy's Inequality, Universitext, Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015.
  • Roger T. Lewis, Junfang Li, and Yanyan Li. A geometric characterization of a sharp Hardy inequality, J. Functional Analysis, 262 (2012).
  • Roger T. Lewis, Heinz Siedentop, and Simeon Vugalter. The essential spectrum of relativistic multi-particle operators, Ann. Inst. Henri Poincare', Physique theorique, 67 (1997).
  • W. Desmond Evans, Roger T. Lewis, and Yoshimi Saito. Some geometric spectral properties of N-body Schrodinger operators, Arch. Ratiional Mech. Anal., 113 (1990).
  • Roger T. Lewis. Singular elliptic operators with purely discrete spectra, Transactions of the American Mathematical Society, 271 (1982).
  • Don B. Hinton and Roger T. Lewis. Discrete spectra criteria for singular differential operators with middle terms, Mathematical Proceedings of the Cambridge Philosophical Society, 77 (1975).

Academic Distinctions

  • Lecturing/Research Award, Fulbright Foundation for Educational Exchange, 1995 (Norway)
  • Caroline P. and Charles W. Ireland Award for Scholarly Distinction, 1995.