I coined the phrase "Academic Blue Blood" to describe someone that has a good set of academic genes. Like a family tree where ancestors can be traced, this process can be used for people that share common fields of study. I call myself a blue blood because my family made enormous contributions to mathematics and physics that impact our daily activities.

The Mathematics Genealogy Project is a database of mathematicians dating back more than six centuries. The data has been gathered, verified and maintained by the North Dakota State University (NDSU) Department of Mathematics, in association with the American Mathematical Society.

#### A Rich Legacy of Math & Science

## Without Math, there is no Science

Mathematics is the common link between these researchers. Some of them, such as Bessel and Runge, are known for major mathematical breakthroughs and have widely used equations bearing their names. Others such as Born and Gauss achieved notoriety as both mathematicians and physicists. The pioneering work that these scholars did made it possible for many other advancements in science. My advisor, Khin Maung Maung and some of his colleagues formulated an equation bearing their names that dealt with high energy particle interactions. The Kahana, Maung, Norbury equation was the catalyst for my dissertation research.