Frank W. J. Olver




Frank W. J. Olver, RIP (19242013)Professor Emeritus,
Joint/Mathematics
Asymptotic Analysis, Special Functions, and Numerical Analysis
Frank W. J. Olver passed
away on April 23, 2013, at the age of 88, he was
a Professor Emeritus in the Institute for Physical Science and Technology
and Department of Mathematics at the University of Maryland, College
Park, Maryland. His degrees of B.Sc., M.Sc., and D.Sc. were from
the University of London. In 19451961 he was a founding member
of the Mathematics Division at the National Physical Laboratory in
Teddington, U.K. (Other members of this group included Leslie
Fox, Alan Turing, and James Wilkinson.) From 19611986 he was
a Mathematician at the National Bureau of Standards (NBS) in Washington,
D.C. In 1969 he became a Research Professor at the University
of Maryland. He has also been a Guest Worker at the National Institute
of Standards and Technology (NIST, the successor to NBS) from 1988
until his passing. He was the EditorinChief and
Mathematics Editor of the NIST Handbook
of Mathematical Functions, and also the NIST Digital Library
of Mathematical Functions, both publish in 2010 after a ten year effort.
Olver's main areas of research were asymptotic
analysis, special functions, and numerical analysis. His books include Asymptotics
and Special Functions, originally published in 1974 by Academic Press
and still in print in the A K Peters Classics series, and Selected
Papers of F. W. J. Olver (two volumes, edited by R. Wong), World
Scientific Publishing Co., 2000. He was also author of one
of the chapters of the highly successful 1964 NBS Handbook of Mathematical
Functions.
Olver served as Managing Editor for
the SIAM Journal on Mathematical Analysis, and was an Editor for SIAM
Journal on Numerical Analysis, Mathematics of Computation, Methods
and Applications of Analysis, and the NBS Journal of Research. He
was a member of the American Mathematical Society, the Society for Industrial
and Applied Mathematics, and the Mathematical Association of America, a
Fellow and Chartered Member of the Institute of Mathematics and Its Applications,
U.K., and a Foreign member of the Royal Society of Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden.
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