|Died||October 29, 1996
|Institutions||Carnegie Mellon University
|Alma mater||University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign|
|Doctoral advisor||Harold Mott-Smith
|Doctoral students||Raoul Bott
|Known for||Work on electrical network theory
|Notable awards||John von Neumann Theory Prize (1982)|
Richard James Duffin (1909 – October 29, 1996) was an American physicist, known for his contributions to electrical transmission theory and to the development of geometric programming and other areas within operations research.
Education and career
Duffin obtained a BSc in physics at the University of Illinois, where he was elected to Sigma Xi in 1932. He stayed at Illinois for his PhD, which was advised by Harold Mott-Smith and David Bourgin, producing a thesis entitled Galvanomagnetic and Thermomagnetic Phenomena (1935).
Duffin lectured at Purdue University and Illinois before joining the Carnegie Institute in Washington, D.C. during World War II. His wartime work was devoted to the development of navigational equipment and mine detectors. In 1946, he became Professor of Mathematics at Carnegie Mellon University. He wrote a letter of recommendation to Princeton University for John Forbes Nash, Jr., later a Nobel laureate. Duffin and his student Raoul Bott developed network synthesis filters when the given transfer function is a positive-real function in 1949.
Duffin was inducted to the National Academy of Sciences in 1972 and to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1984. He was joint winner of the 1982 John von Neumann Theory Prize, and winner of Sigma Xi's Monie A. Ferst Award for 1984 in recognition of his ability as a teacher and communicator.
- 1949: With Raoul Bott, "Impedance synthesis without the use of transformers", Journal of Applied Physics 20:816.
- 1952: With A.C.Schaeffer, "A class of nonharmonic Fourier series". Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 72: 341–366. doi:10.1090/s0002-9947-1952-0047179-6. MR 0047179.
- 1953: With R. Bott, "On the algebra of networks". Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 74: 99–109. doi:10.1090/s0002-9947-1953-0056573-x. MR 0056573.
- 1956: "Exponential decays in nonlinear networks". Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 7: 1094–1106. doi:10.1090/s0002-9939-1956-0083366-8. MR 0083366.
- 1959: "An analysis of the Wang algebra of networks". Trans. Amer. Math. Soc. 93: 114–131. doi:10.1090/s0002-9947-1959-0109161-6. MR 0109161.
- 1962: "The reciprocal of a Fourier series". Proc. Amer. Math. Soc. 13: 965–970. doi:10.1090/s0002-9939-1962-0145259-x. MR 0145259.
- 1967: With Elmor Peterson and Clarence M. Zener, Geometric programming. John Wiley, xi + 278 pp.
- 1974: "Some problems of mathematics and science". Bull. Amer. Math. Soc. 80 (6): 1053–1070. doi:10.1090/s0002-9904-1974-13618-9. MR 0359436.
- "Sigma Xi News". American Scientist. 72 (2): 124. JSTOR 27852522.
- Richard Duffin at the Mathematics Genealogy Project.
- Richard J. Duffin from the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)
- John H. Hubbard (2010) "The Bott-Duffin Synthesis of Electrical Circuits", pages 33–40 in A Celebration of the Mathematical Legacy of Raoul Bott, P. Robert Kotiuga editor, CRM Proceedings and Lecture Notes #50, American Mathematical Society
- Dicke, William (November 10, 1996). "Richard Duffin, 87, Researcher In Many Areas of Mathematics". The New York Times. Retrieved March 30, 2015.
- "New Members Elected May 8, 1974". Records of the Academy. 1973–1974: 69–72. JSTOR 3785536.
- Assad, Arjang A.; Gass, Saul I., eds. (2011). Profiles in Operations Research: Pioneers and Innovators. New York, NY: Springer. p. 213. ISBN 978-1-441-96280-5.
- Ben–Israel, Adi. "Review of Geometric Programming—Theory and Applications. By R. J. Duffin, E. L. Peterson and C. Zener". SIAM Review. 10 (2): 235–236. doi:10.1137/1010047.