Education
Finn received in 1951 his Doctor of Philosophy from Syracuse University under Abe Gelbart with thesis On some properties of the solution of a class of non-linear partial differential equations.
mathematician university professor
Finn received in 1951 his Doctor of Philosophy from Syracuse University under Abe Gelbart with thesis On some properties of the solution of a class of non-linear partial differential equations.
As a postdoc he was in 1953 at the Institute for Advanced Study and in 1953/54 at the Institute for Hydrodynamics at the University of Maryland. He became in 1954 an assistant professor at the University of Southern California and in 1956 an associate professor at Caltech. Since 1959 he has been a professor at Stanford University.
At the beginning of his career Finn did research on minimal surfaces and quasiconformal mappings and later in his career on mathematical problems of hydrodynamics, such as, mathematically rigorous treatments of capillary action.
He was a visiting professor at the University of Bonn and several other universities. He was an exchange scientist in 1978 at the Soviet Academy of Sciences and in 1987 at the Akademie der Wissenschaften der Deutsche Demokratische Republik. In 1994 he received an honorary doctorate from the University of Leipzig.
Foreign the academic years 1958/58 und 1965/66 he held Guggenheim Fellowships. Since 1979 he has been an editor of the Pacific Journal of Mathematics.