Travis Oliphant

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Travis Oliphant
Born1971 (age 51–52)[1]
EducationPhD in Biomedical Engineering, B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering
Alma materBrigham Young University
Occupation(s)Businessman, data scientist
Known forOpen-source software, NumPy, SciPy , Anaconda (Python distribution) , Probabilistic programming

Travis Oliphant is an American data scientist and businessman. He is a co-founder[2] of NumFOCUS, 501(c)(3) nonprofit charity in the United States, and sits on its advisory board.[3] He is also a founder of technology startup Anaconda (previously Continuum Analytics). In addition, Travis is the primary creator of NumPy and founding contributor to the SciPy packages in the Python programming language.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Oliphant has a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the Mayo Clinic and B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering from Brigham Young University.[1][5]


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.[6]

Oliphant served as President of Enthought from 2007 until 2011. He founded Continuum Analytics in January 2012 (subsequently renamed to Anaconda Inc.[7]). Continuum makes the Python distribution Anaconda.[8] In July 2015 Continuum Analytics received 24 million dollars in Series A Funding.[9] 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).[10] On January 1, 2018, Oliphant announced he was leaving Anaconda Inc.[11] He subsequently co-founded Quansight later that same year.[12][13]

He is also a member of the advisory council of the non-profit scientific computing foundation NumFOCUS.[14]

Books written[edit]

Oliphant is the author of the textbook Guide To NumPy and associated manuals.[4]


  • Travis E. Oliphant (2007). "Python for Scientific Computing". Computing in Science and Engineering. 9 (3): 10–20. doi:10.1109/MCSE.2007.58. ISSN 1521-9615. Wikidata Q62058750.
  • Pauli Virtanen; Ralf Gommers; Travis E. Oliphant; et al. (3 February 2020). "SciPy 1.0: fundamental algorithms for scientific computing in Python" (PDF). Nature Methods. 17 (3): 261–272. doi:10.1038/S41592-019-0686-2. ISSN 1548-7091. PMC 7056644. PMID 32015543. Wikidata Q84573952. {{cite journal}}: |author35= has generic name (help) (erratum)
  • Charles R Harris; K. Jarrod Millman; Stéfan J. van der Walt; et al. (16 September 2020). "Array programming with NumPy" (PDF). Nature. 585 (7825): 357–362. arXiv:2006.10256. doi:10.1038/S41586-020-2649-2. ISSN 1476-4687. PMC 7759461. PMID 32939066. Wikidata Q99413970.


  1. ^ a b c Liu, Hongze; Hawkins, Aaron R.; Schultz, Stephen M.; Oliphant, Travis E. (February 15, 2008). "Fast Nonlinear Image Reconstruction for Scanning Impedance Imaging". IEEE Transactions on Biomedical Engineering. 55 (3): 970–977. doi:10.1109/TBME.2007.905485. PMID 18334388. S2CID 39843759.
  2. ^ "NumFOCUS History". NumFOCUS. Retrieved 7 May 2020.
  3. ^ "People: The NumFOCUS Team - NumFOCUS". NumFOCUS. Retrieved 7 May 2020.
  4. ^ a b Oliphant, Travis (2015). Guide to NumPy (2 ed.). CreateSpace. ISBN 978-1517300074.
  5. ^ "Travis Oliphant". The Org. Retrieved 27 January 2023.
  6. ^ "Travis E. Oliphant - Google Scholar Citations". Retrieved 2016-01-08.
  7. ^ Collison, Scott (2017-06-28). "Continuum Analytics Officially Becomes Anaconda". Anaconda Inc. corporate website. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  8. ^ "Download Anaconda now!". Continuum. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  9. ^ "Continuum Analytics Secures $24 Million Series A Round to Empower Next Phase of Data Science - Business Wire". 23 July 2015. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  10. ^ "Data-Parallel Analytics on Graphics Processing Units (GPUs)". SBIR. Retrieved 8 January 2016.
  11. ^ Oliphant, Travis [@teoliphant] (1 January 2018). "My 2018 news is that I am leaving full time employment by Anaconda as of today. I will be working on improving OSS sustainability through non-profit work, and starting a new services/product incubation company to help organizations make better use of OSS and AI/ML. More to come" (Tweet). Archived from the original on 9 November 2020. Retrieved 3 October 2021 – via Twitter.
  12. ^ "Meet Our Team". Quansight corprorate website. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  13. ^ "Quansight". LinkedIn. Retrieved 31 March 2019.
  14. ^ "NumFocus advisory council". NumFocus. Retrieved 10 January 2016.

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