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Happy 80th Birthday Cleve!
Today is the 80th birthday of Cleve Moler. Most readers will know Cleve as the inventor of MATLAB. MATLAB was originally a Fortran program that Cleve wrote to give students easier access to the EISPACK and LINPACK libraries. Cleve and … Continue reading
The Argonne Tapes
A few weeks ago, I was in contact with Chris Paige, an emeritus Professor of Computer Science at McGill University, Montreal. I mentioned that Sven Hammarling and I are collecting information and memorabilia about the numerical analyst James Hardy Wilkinson … Continue reading
Joan E. Walsh (1932–2017)
By Len Freeman and Nick Higham Joan Eileen Walsh was born on 7 October 1932 and passed away on 30 December 2017 at the age of 85. Joan obtained a First Class B.A. honours degree in Mathematics from the University … Continue reading
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Christopher T. H. Baker (1939–2017)
By Nick Higham and Neville Ford (University of Chester) Christopher Thomas Hale Baker died on August 20, 2017 at the age of 78. He was born on the Isle of Thanet, Kent, in 1939, and was educated at Colchester Royal … Continue reading
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Celebrating Charlie Van Loan
Charlie Van Loan, Joseph C. Ford Professor of Engineering in the Department of Computer Science at Cornell University, retires in summer 2016. Charlie has been a huge inspiration to me and many others, not least through his book Matrix Computations, … Continue reading
Jeff Rohl’s Fortran TV Course
As a first year mathematics undergraduate at the University of Manchester in 1979, I had to choose one course from another department. Like the majority of students, I chose the Fortran Programming course CS151 provided for mathematics students by the … Continue reading
Jack Williams (1943–2015)
Jack Williams passed away on November 13th, 2015, at the age of 72. Jack obtained his PhD from the University of Oxford Computing Laboratory in 1968 and spent two years as a Lecturer in Mathematics at the University of Western … Continue reading
Michael J. D. Powell (1936–2015)
I would like to share a couple of photos of Mike Powell, FRS, who passed away last month. The photos are from early and late in his career. The first is one of a set of contact prints from a … Continue reading
Hans Schneider (1927–2014)
I first met Hans in 1984 at the Gatlinburg meeting IX in Waterloo, Canada, at which time I was a PhD student. When I discussed my work on matrix square roots with him he recalled a 1966 paper by Culver … Continue reading
The Life of James Joseph Sylvester
Following my previous post about the James Joseph Sylvester Bicentenary and my article Sylvester’s Influence on Applied Mathematics I now give a brief, very selective, overview of Sylvester’s life. Some of this material was used in an afterdinner speech that … Continue reading