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Faculty Pioneers

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Stanford has played a key role in the development of scientific computing, with a legacy that goes back to the 1950's. A number of major contributors to this fundamentally important area have spent significant portions of their careers at Stanford.

Trailblazers in Computational Mathematics

George Forsythe (1917-1972)

George Forsythe (1917-1972)

George Forsythe was the founder of the Department of Computer Science at Stanford University and an early proponent of the key role that numerical mathematics and computing would play in the scientific and engineering worlds.

Biography and Publications

Obituary


Joseph Oliger (1941-2005)

Joseph Oliger (1941-2005)

Joe Oliger helped develop the early use of high-speed computers for weather forecasting and mathematical research, and contributed a number of key ideas to the area of numerical solution of partial differential equations.

Obituaries


Gene Golub (1932-2007)

Gene Golub (1932-2007)

Gene Golub joined the Computer Science Department soon after its formation. He served as department chair 1981-1984, and founded the successful SCCM program, which paved the way for ICME.

Biography and Publications

Obituaries

Additional Interviews & Events Honoring Gene

The Gene Golub Graduate Fellowship Fund in Computational and Mathematical Engineering

Those of us who knew Gene well recognize that Gene was always greatly interested in helping students and took a particular interest in using his influence to further their personal and professional lives. In honor of remembering Gene and his contributions, the Gene Golub Graduate Fellowship Fund in Computational and Mathematical Engineering was established in 2009.

This fund provides financial support, through fellowships or assistantships, for Ph.D. students in Stanford's Institute for Computational and Mathematical Engineering.

Financial aid resources to support Ph.D. students with interests in computational mathematics and scientific computing are more limited now than in past decades. We need your support so that a larger number of deserving students can have the same opportunity that many of Stanford's Ph.D. alumni with interests in the area have had.

If you wish to contribute to the Gene Golub Graduate Fellowship Fund, you may make a donation online via a one-time gift or a recurring gift or pledge. Please designate the gift for the "School of Engineering," "Computational Mathematics & Engineering" and "Gene Golub Fellowship Fund" in the Special Instructions on your gift.