Cleve Moler

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Cleve Barry Moler
Cleve Moler, chairman, and cofounder of MathWorks
Born (1939-08-17) August 17, 1939 (age 84)
Known forMATLAB
Scientific career
FieldsMathematics, Computer science
ThesisFinite difference methods for the eigenvalues of Laplace's operator (1965)
Doctoral advisorGeorge Forsythe
Doctoral students

Cleve Barry Moler (born August 17, 1939) is an American mathematician and computer programmer specializing in numerical analysis. In the mid to late 1970s, he was one of the authors of LINPACK and EISPACK, Fortran libraries for numerical computing. He created MATLAB, a numerical computing package, to give his students at the University of New Mexico easy access to these libraries without writing Fortran. In 1984, he co-founded MathWorks with Jack Little to commercialize this program.[1]


He received his bachelor's degree from California Institute of Technology in 1961, and a Ph.D. in 1965 from Stanford University, both in mathematics.[2] He worked for Charles Lawson at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in 1961 and 1962.

He was a professor of mathematics and computer science for almost 20 years at the University of Michigan, Stanford University, and the University of New Mexico.[3] Before joining MathWorks full-time in 1989, he also worked for Intel Hypercube, where he coined the term "embarrassingly parallel", and Ardent Computer Corporation. He is also co-author of four textbooks on numerical methods and is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery. He was president of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics 2007–2008.[4]

He was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering on February 14, 1997, for conceiving and developing widely used mathematical software. He received an honorary degree from Linköping University, Sweden. He received an honorary degree of Doctor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo in 2001.[5] On April 30, 2004, he was appointed Honorary Doctor (doctor technices, honoris causa) at the Technical University of Denmark. In 2009, he was recognized by Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics as a SIAM Fellow [6] for his outstanding contributions to numerical analysis and software, including the invention of MATLAB. In April 2012, the IEEE Computer Society named Cleve the recipient of the 2012 Computer Pioneer Award.[7] In February 2014, IEEE named Cleve the recipient of the 2014 IEEE John von Neumann Medal.[8] In April 2017, he was made Fellow of the Computer History Museum.[9][10]


  • Forsythe, George E., Malcolm, Michael A., Moler, Cleve B., "Computer methods for mathematical computations", Prentice-Hall Series in Automatic Computation, Prentice-Hall., Englewood Cliffs, N.J., 1977. MR0458783 ISBN 0-13-165332-6
  • Moler, Cleve B., "Numerical Computing with MATLAB", Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, 2004, ISBN 978-0-89871-560-6


  1. ^ Schwan, Henry. "MathWorks in Natick marks its 35th anniversary". MetroWest Daily News, Framingham, MA. Retrieved 2021-02-09.
  2. ^ Cleve Moler Elected Next SIAM President Archived 2015-01-17 at the Wayback Machine, News of SIAM, December 16, 2005
  3. ^ Math whiz stamps profound imprint on computing world Archived 2009-02-05 at the Wayback Machine, New Mexico Business Weekly, January 30, 2009
  4. ^ SIAM Presidents Archived 2018-01-03 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Doctor of Mathematics Honorary Degree Recipients". University of Waterloo. Retrieved 2024-05-22.
  6. ^ "Fellows Program | SIAM".
  7. ^ MATLAB Creator Cleve Moler Wins Computer Pioneer Award Archived 2014-08-26 at the Wayback Machine, IEEE Computer Press Release, April 11, 2012
  8. ^ Recipients of the 2014 Medals and Awards Archived 2014-02-24 at the Wayback Machine, IEEE Computer Press Release, February 14, 2014
  9. ^ Spicer, Dag (2017-04-06). "2017 CHM Fellow Cleve Moler: Mozart of the Matrix". Computer History Museum. Archived from the original on 2017-08-08. Retrieved 2017-08-08.
  10. ^ Computer History Museum (2017-08-04). "Cleve Moler - 2017 CHM Fellow". YouTube. Archived from the original on 2018-01-04. Retrieved 2017-08-08.

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