IBM Research Names Mathematics Fellowship for Herman Goldstine

July 15, 1998

IBM Research has announced the renaming of a major postdoctoral fellowship in honor of long-time IBM mathematician Herman H. Goldstine.

The Herman Goldstine Fellowship provides scientists with an opportunity to advance their scholarship as resident members of the Mathematical Sciences Department at the T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, New York. Recipients of this fellowship, which can last for one to two years, conduct research in pure and applied mathematics, as well as in theoretical and exploratory computer science. Past and present activities of fellowship holders include work on sequential and parallel algorithms, cryptography, numerical analysis, differential equations, logic design, computer music, dynamical systems, and approximation theory.

Although his early research was in the area of the calculus of variations, during World War II Goldstine joined John von Neumann in the groundbreaking ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer) project, an early innovation that paved the way for the modern computing industry. He joined IBM in 1958, where he established the Mathematical Sciences Department and served as its first director.

"The Mathematical Sciences Department still benefits from the strong leadership and direction Herman Goldstine established," said William Pulleyblank, current director of mathematical sciences at IBM Research.

In recognition of his contributions to IBM and to science, Goldstine was appointed an IBM Fellow in 1967, a position he retained until he retired in 1973.

Goldstine, who was executive director of the American Philosophical Society from 1984 to 1997, has received numerous awards---including the National Medal of Science, the Harry Goode Award, the IEEE Pioneer Award, and memberships in the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the American Philosophical Society---for his impact on science and technology.

More information on the fellowship can be found at

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