Michael Heath (computer scientist)

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Michael T. Heath
Born (1946-12-11) December 11, 1946 (age 71)
Nationality American
Alma mater Stanford University
Scientific career
Fields Computer science
Institutions University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign
Doctoral advisor Gene H. Golub
Doctoral students 18 students

Michael Thomas Heath (born December 11, 1946) is a retired computer scientist who specializes in scientific computing. He is the director of the Center for the Simulation of Advanced Rockets,[1] a Department of Energy-sponsored computing center at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign, and the former Fulton Watson Copp Professor of Computer Science at UIUC.[2] Heath was inducted as member of the European Academy of Sciences in 2002,[3] a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery in 2000,[4] and a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics in 2010.[5] He also received the 2009 Taylor L. Booth Education Award from IEEE.[6] He became an emeritus professor in 2012.[7]

Heath is the author of Scientific Computing: An Introductory Survey, an introductory text on numerical analysis.[H02][6]


Michael Heath earned his B.A. in Mathematics from the University of Kentucky in 1968. In 1974, Heath earned his M.S. in Mathematics from the University of Tennessee. Heath earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University in 1978; his Ph.D. dissertation was entitled Numerical Algorithms for Nonlinearly Constrained Optimization and was completed under the direction of Gene Golub.[H78][3][8]

Early work[edit]

Prior to his work with the University of Illinois, Michael Heath spent a number of years at Oak Ridge National Laboratory. Heath joined Oak Ridge in 1968 as a Scientific Applications Programmer, and he became a Eugene P. Wigner Postdoctoral Fellow in 1978.

Michael Heath served as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at the University of Tennessee from 1988 to 1991. In 1991, Heath joined the University of Illinois, where he soon became a Senior Research Scientist with the National Center for Supercomputing Applications.[3]

Selected publications[edit]

H78. "Numerical Algorithms for Nonlinearly Constrained Optimization". Stanford University (Ph.D. dissertation). 1978. 
H02. Heath, Michael T (2002). Scientific Computing: An Introductory Survey. McGraw-Hill. ISBN 0-07-239910-4. 


  1. ^ Administration Archived 2013-09-09 at Archive.is, Center for the Simulation of Advanced Rockets, University of Illinois, retrieved 2013-09-09
  2. ^ Fulton Watson Copp Chair in Computer Science Archived 2013-09-09 at Archive.is, Computer Science, University of Illinois, retrieved 2013-09-09
  3. ^ a b c Heath, Michael. "Biographical Data Form". Archived from the original on 2012-03-01. 
  4. ^ ACM Fellow award citation, Association for Computing Machinery, retrieved 2013-09-09.
  5. ^ SIAM names 34 Fellows for key contributions to applied mathematics and computational science, Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, March 31, 2010.
  6. ^ a b 2009 Awards, IEEE computer society
  7. ^ 252 faculty members, academic professionals retire, Illinois News Bureau, November 15, 2012
  8. ^ Michael T. Heath at the Mathematics Genealogy Project

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