John Todd (computer scientist)
John Todd (May 16, 1911 – June 21, 2007) was a professor of mathematics and a pioneer in the field of numerical analysis.
He was born in Carnacally, County Down, Ireland, and grew up near Belfast. Todd attended Methodist College Belfast after winning a scholarship. In his final year at the College he only studied maths as a result of his desire to become an engineer. He received his BSc degree from Queen's University in 1931, and went to St. John's College at Cambridge University.
He worked for the British Admiralty during World War II. One of Todd's greatest achievements was the preservation of the Mathematical Research Institute of Oberwolfach in Germany at the end of the war.
John Todd retired from the faculty, and in May, 2001 was honored by a symposium at Caltech in honor of his 90th birthday. He died at his home in Pasadena, California on June 21, 2007.
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