Bernard Kolman received his B.S. (summa cum laude with honors in mathematics and physics) from Brooklyn College in 1954, his Sc.M. from Brown University in 1956, and his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1965, all in mathematics. During the summers of 1955 and 1956, he worked as a mathematician for the U.S. Navy, and IBM, respectively, in areas of numerical analysis and simulation. From 1957-1964, he was employed by the UNIVAC Division of Sperry Rand Corporation, working in the areas of operations research, numerical analysis, and discrete mathematics. He has also had extensive experience as a consultant to industry in operations research. From 1964-1998, he was a member of the Mathematics Department at Drexel University, where he also served as Acting Head of this department. Since 1964, his research activities have been in the areas of Lie algebras and operations research.
Professor Kolman is the author of numerous papers, primarily in Lie algebras, and has organized several conferences in this area. He is also well known as the author of many mathematics textbooks that are used worldwide and have been translated into other languages.
Bernard Kolman is the author of books: Introductory Linear Algebra: An Applied First Course, Elementary Linear Algebra with Applications, Introductory Linear Algebra with Applications, Discrete Mathematical Structures, Introductory Linear Algebra With Applications - Students Solutions Manual, Elementary Linear Algebra, Discrete Mathematical Structures for Computer Science, Student Solutions Manual for Elementary Linear Algebra with Applications, Elementary Linear Programming with Applications, Precalculus: Functions and Graphs