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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 after-dinner speech that … Continue reading

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James Joseph Sylvester (1814–1897) Bicentenary

This year (or more precisely September 3, 2014) is the bicentenary of the birth of James Joseph Sylvester, FRS, a prolific 19th century mathematician who led an eventful life, holding positions at five academic institutions, two of them in the … Continue reading

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David Broomhead (1950–2014)

David Broomhead passed away on July 24th, 2014 after a long illness. David was a Professor of Applied Mathematics in the School of Mathematics at the University of Manchester. I got to know him in 2004 when the Victoria University … Continue reading

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The Lanczos Tapes

Cornelius Lanczos (1893-1974) gave lectures at UMIST (a predecessor institution of The University of Manchester) in the late 1960s and early 1970s, while he was a Professor at the Dublin Institute for Advanced Study. In 1972, UMIST Audio Visual Services … Continue reading

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