Lucy Joan Slater
Lucy Joan Slater (born 5 January 1922; died 6 June 2008) was a mathematician who worked on hypergeometric functions, and who found many generalizations of the Rogers–Ramanujan identities. In the early 1950s she played a leading role at Cambridge University in devising a precursor of modern computer operating systems, and subsequently she helped to develop computer programs for econometrics, working for much of the time with UK government officials.
In retirement she devoted much of her time to genealogy.
She is buried at the Parish of the Ascension Burial Ground in Cambridge; in 1997 she completed a remarkable listing of all the graves and their inscriptions in the burial ground; she wrote a paper called "A Walk round the Ascension Burial Ground, Cambridge" which describes over 100 of the graves as though the reader is walking around the burial ground and includes detailed maps. The fourth edition is dated December 1994.
She herself was buried there in 2008, in the same grave as her mother Lucy Dalton Slater (1893 - 1975), widow of John Wardle Slater F.I.C., Admiralty chemist, buried in Portsmouth.
- Abramowitz, Milton; Stegun, Irene A., eds. (1965), 503.htm "Chapter 13 Confluent hypergeometric functions", Handbook of Mathematical Functions with Formulas, Graphs, and Mathematical Tables, New York: Dover, p. 503, ISBN 978-0486612720, MR 0167642.
- Slater, Lucy Joan (1960), Confluent hypergeometric functions, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, MR0107026
- Slater, Lucy Joan (1966), Generalized hypergeometric functions, Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0-521-06483-X, MR0201688 (there is a 2008 paperback with ISBN 978-0-521-09061-2)
- Fortran programs for economists, Cambridge University Press, 1967
- First steps in basic Fortran, London: Chapman & Hall, 1971
- More Fortran programs for economists, Cambridge University Press, 1972
- GEM: a general econometric matrix program, Cambridge University Press, 1976
- Dynamic regression: theory and algorithms (co-author with M. H. Pesaran), Halsted Press, 1980
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