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Mishoe, Luna I. | Eigenfunction Expansions Associated with Non-Self-Adjoint Differential Equations

  • First edition, only printing of this rare work by mathematician, college administrator, and Tuskegee airman Luna I. Mishoe (1917-1989).

    Mishoe was born in South Carolina and worked his way through school, earning a master’s degree in mathematics and physics. In 1942 he joined the US Army Air Corps and “served through World War II as a photographic intelligence and communications officer in the 99th squadron... he left the service in 1946 to become a professor of mathematics and physics at Delaware State College in Dover, Delaware... a small Black college with fewer than 400 students and paltry state support” (Krapp, Notable Black American Scientists, p. 232). Mishoe spent the rest of his career advocating for the college at the state level, convincing the hesitant governor and legislature to invest the funds that “expanded the college into one of the two biggest university systems in the state. Under his leadership, the student body increased more than five-fold and the college became an integrated institution” (Krapp, p.232). Mishoe also served on state educational committees and task forces, and he went back to school to earn a master’s degree in business administration from Wharton.

  • Dover, Delaware: Delaware State College, 1964.

    Perfect bound. 113-page mimeographed text. Plastic-coated red wrappers printed in black, white and dark green cloth backstrip. Library shelf number and barcode tickets to the upper wrapper, stamps of the “England Library” and Philadelphia College of Pharmacy & Science to the title and edge of the text block, library pocket to inside rear wrapper, library number to verso of final leaf. Plastic coating lifting a little at the edges of the wrappers, lightly rubbed at the extremities, a couple of small scuffs to the lower wrapper. Excellent condition.