|Nicholas John Higham|
25 December 1961 |
|Institutions||University of Manchester
|Alma mater||University of Manchester|
|Thesis||Nearness Problems in Numerical Linear Algebra (1985)|
|Doctoral advisor||George Hall|
|Doctoral students||Awad Al-Mohy
Sheung Hun Cheng
D. Steven Mackey
|Notable awards||SIAM Fellow (2009)|
Nicholas John Higham FRS (born Salford 25 December 1961) is a British numerical analyst and Richardson Professor of Applied Mathematics at the School of Mathematics, University of Manchester.
Higham was educated at the Victoria University of Manchester, gaining his Bachelor of Science degree in 1982, Master of Science degree in 1983 and PhD 1985. His PhD thesis was supervised was George Hall.
Higham is Director of Research within the School of Mathematics, Director of the Manchester Institute for Mathematical Sciences (MIMS), and Head of the Numerical Analysis Group. He held a prestigious Royal Society Wolfson Research Merit Award (2003–2008) and as of 2006[update] is on the Institute for Scientific Information Highly Cited Researcher list.
Higham is best known for his work on the accuracy and stability of numerical algorithms. He has more than 85 refereed publications on topics such as rounding error analysis, linear systems, least squares problems, matrix functions and nonlinear matrix equations, condition number estimation, and generalized eigenvalue problems. He has contributed software to LAPACK and the NAG library, and has contributed code included in the MATLAB distribution.
Higham is a member of the editorial boards of the journals Forum of Mathematics, Foundations of Computational Mathematics, IMA Journal of Numerical Analysis, Linear Algebra and its Applications, Numerical Algorithms, and SIAM Journal on Matrix Analysis and Applications.
His honours include the Alston S. Householder Award VI, 1987 (for the best Ph.D. thesis in numerical algebra 1984—1987), the 1988 Leslie Fox Prize for Numerical Analysis, a 1999 Junior Whitehead Prize from the London Mathematical Society. He was elected as Fellow of the Royal Society in 2007. In 2008 he was awarded the Fröhlich Prize in recognition of 'his leading contributions to numerical linear algebra and numerical stability analysis'.
Higham's books includie Functions of Matrices: Theory and Computation (2008), Accuracy and Stability of Numerical Algorithms, Handbook of Writing for the Mathematical Sciences, and MATLAB Guide, co-authored with his brother Desmond Higham.
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- Higham, N. J. (2002). "Computing the nearest correlation matrix--a problem from finance". IMA Journal of Numerical Analysis 22 (3): 329–343. doi:10.1093/imanum/22.3.329.
- Higham, Nicholas (1985). Nearness Problems in Numerical Linear Algebra (PhD thesis). University of Manchester.
- Institute for Scientific Information 
- New Fellows and Foreign Members 2007 www.royalsoc.ac.uk
- "Prize Winners 2008". Retrieved 2008-07-07.
- Higham, Nicholas J. (2008). Functions of matrices: theory and computation. Philadelphia: Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. ISBN 0-89871-646-2.
- Higham, Nicholas J. (2002). Accuracy and stability of numerical algorithms. Philadelphia: Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. ISBN 0-89871-521-0.
- Higham, Nicholas J. (1998). Handbook of writing for the mathematical sciences. Philadelphia: Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. ISBN 0-89871-420-6.
- Higham, Nicholas J.; Higham, Desmond J. (2005). MATLAB guide. Philadelphia: Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics. ISBN 0-89871-578-4.
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