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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
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
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
The Lanczos Tapes
Cornelius Lanczos (18931974) 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
Arthur Buchheim (18591888)
The new second edition of Horn and Johnson’s Matrix Analysis, about which I wrote in a previous post, includes in Problem 2.4.P2 a proof of the CayleyHamilton theorem that is valid for matrices with elements from a commutative ring and … Continue reading