James H. Wilkinson
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|James Hardy Wilkinson|
27 September 1919|
|Died||5 October 1986
|Institutions||National Physical Laboratory|
|Notable awards||Turing Award,
Fellow of the Royal Society
James Hardy Wilkinson FRS (27 September 1919 – 5 October 1986) was a prominent figure in the field of numerical analysis, a field at the boundary of applied mathematics and computer science particularly useful to physics and engineering.
Later, Wilkinson's interests took him into the numerical analysis field, where he discovered many significant algorithms.
He received the Turing Award in 1970 "for his research in numerical analysis to facilitate the use of the high-speed digital computer, having received special recognition for his work in computations in linear algebra and 'backward' error analysis." In the same year, he also gave the John von Neumann Lecture at the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.
The J. H. Wilkinson Prize for Numerical Software is named in his honour.
Wilkinson married Heather Ware in 1945. She and their son survived him, a daughter having predeceased him.
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- Wilkinson, James H. (1980). "Turing's Work at the National Physical Laboratory and the Construction of Pilot ACE, DEUCE and ACE". In Metropolis, Nicholas; Howlett, J.; Rota, Gian-Carlo. A History of Computing in the Twentieth Century. Academic Press. ISBN 0124916503.
- Photo of Wilkinson from Nick Higham's archive