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Frank W. J. Olver

Frank William John Olver
Frank W. J. Olver, 2001
Born (1924-12-15)December 15, 1924
Croydon, UK
Died April 23, 2013(2013-04-23) (aged 88)
Rockville, Maryland, U.S.
Residence U.S.
Nationality U.S.
Fields Mathematics
Institutions University of Maryland, National Institute of Standards and Technology
Alma mater University of London
Doctoral students Daniel W. Lozier
Known for editor in chief of the NIST Digital Library of Mathematical Functions
Notable awards Gold Medal of the US Department of Commerce

Frank William John Olver (December 15, 1924 – April 23, 2013) was an emeritus professor of mathematics at the Institute for Physical Science and Technology and Department of Mathematics at the University of Maryland who worked on asymptotic analysis, special functions, and numerical analysis. He was the editor in chief of the NIST Digital Library of Mathematical Functions.


  • Awards 1
  • Publications 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


1969• Silver Medal of the US Department of Commerce.

1974• A Fellow of the U.K. Institute of Mathematics and its Applications

1996• A Foreign Member of the Royal Society of Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden

2011• Gold Medal of the US Department of Commerce.

Visiting Fellow, or Professor, at the University of Lancaster, U.K., Imperial College, London University, U.K., Cambridge University, U.K., the Royal Irish Academy, and the National University of Australia


  • Olver, Frank W. J. (1997) [1974], Asymptotics and special functions, AKP Classics, Wellesley, MA: A K Peters Ltd.,  
  • Olver, Frank W. J. (2000), Selected papers of F. W. J. Olver. Part I, II, World Scientific Series in 20th Century Mathematics 7, River Edge, NJ: World Scientific Publishing Co. Inc.,  
  • Olver, Frank W. J.; Lozier, Daniel W.; Boisvert, Ronald F. et al., eds. (2010), NIST Handbook of Mathematical Functions, Cambridge University Press,  


  • Wong, R. K., ed. (1990), Asymptotic and computational analysis. Proceedings of the International Symposium held in honor of Frank W. J. Olver's 65th birthday, Winnipeg, Manitoba, June 1989, Lecture Notes in Pure and Applied Mathematics 124, New York: Marcel Dekker Inc.,  

External links

  • Frank W. J. Olver. SIAM News obituary by Roderick Wong
  • Frank W. J. Olver, mathematician, an obituary in The Washington Post
  • Home page of Frank W. J. Olver
  • Frank W. J. Olver at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
  • NIST Digital Library of Mathematical Functions
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