Travis Oliphant

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Travis Oliphant is an American data scientist and businessman. He is founder of technology startup Anaconda (previously Continuum Analytics). In addition, he is the primary creator of NumPy and founding contributor to the SciPy packages in the Python programming languages.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Oliphant has a Ph.D. from the Mayo Clinic and B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering from Brigham Young University.


Oliphant was an Assistant Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Brigham Young University from 2001 to 2007. In addition, he directed the BYU Biomedical Imaging Lab, and performed research on scanning impedance imaging.[2]

Oliphant served as President of Enthought from 2007 until 2011. He founded Continuum Analytics in January 2012. Continuum makes the Python distribution Anaconda.[3] In July 2015 Continuum Analytics received 24 million dollars in Series A Funding.[4] Continuum Analytics received a $100,000 award from DARPA for the feasibility of designing a high-level data-parallel language extension to Python on graphics processing units (GPUs).[5]

He is also a member of the advisory council of the non-profit scientific computing foundation NumFocus.[6]

Books written[edit]

Oliphant is the author of the textbook Guide To NumPy and associated manuals.[1]


  1. ^ a b Oliphant, Travis (2015). Guide to NumPy (2 ed.). CreateSpace. ISBN 978-1517300074. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  2. ^ "Travis E. Oliphant - Google Scholar Citations". Retrieved 2016-01-08.
  3. ^ "Download Anaconda now!". Continuum. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  4. ^ "Continuum Analytics Secures $24 Million Series A Round to Empower Next Phase of Data Science - Business Wire". 23 July 2015. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  5. ^ "Data-Parallel Analytics on Graphics Processing Units (GPUs)". SBIR. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  6. ^ "NumFocus advisory council". NumFocus. Retrieved 10 January 2016.