David Gottlieb, Ford Foundation Professor of Applied Mathematics at Brown
University, died on December 6, 2008.
Gottlieb, who was born in Tel Aviv on the Nov. 14, 1944, and was educated at
Tel Aviv University, started his association with NASA Langley in 1974 as a
visiting scientist to the Institute for Computer Applications in Science and
Engineering (ICASE). During this first visit, one of many over the next 34
years, he worked with members of the Fluid Mechanics Branch on a numerical
study related to supersonic jets. During this first visit to
Langley, Gottlieb also began research on higher order methods for hyperbolic
equations. His interest in higher order methods was motivated by his believe
in the need to study time-dependent problems and to resolve finedetails of a
flow field, rather than just its gross feature. This area of research would
remain the primary focus of his many scientific contributions.
Over the years, Gottlieb collaborated with many Langley researches on
computational fluid dynamics problems dealing with nonreflecting boundary
conditions, treatment of shock waves and boundary layers using spectral
methods, stability and convergence of numerical schemes, and non-uniqueness
He joined the Division of Applied Mathematics at Brown in 1985, with the
task of developing what would become a very successful program in numerical
analysis and scientific
computation for partial differential equations.
Widely known for a very broad range of contributions distributed in more
than 125 scientific articles and two books, he was best known for his
fundamental contributions to the development of high order and spectral
methods for the numerical solution of partial differential equations.
Gottlieb was one of the founders of the International Conference on Spectral
and High-Order Methods (ICOSAHOM), which remains the premier international
conference in this area of research, drawing attendees from every corner of
Among his many honors were honorary degrees from the University of Paris VI
and the University of Uppsala, memberships in the American Academy of Arts
and Sciences and the National Academy of Sciences, and designation as the
John von Neumann Lecturer by the Society for
Industrial and Applied Mathematics in 2008.
To allow the very large community of friends and colleagues to share
thoughts, anecdotes, stories with his family and the community, there is a
blog at https://wiki.brown.edu/confluence/display/appmath/David+Gottlieb
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