IBM Research Names Mathematics Fellowship for Herman Goldstine

April 2, 2005

IBM Research recently announced that it will honor Herman H. Goldstine by renaming a major postdoctoral fellowship for the mathematician.

The Herman Goldstine Fellowship provides scientists an opportunity to advance their scholarship as resident members of the Mathematical Sciences Department at the T.J. Watson Research Center in Yorktown Heights, NY. Recipients of this fellowship, which can last for one to two years, conduct research in pure and applied mathematics, as well as 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, dynamic systems, and approximation theory. "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.

Although his early research was in the area of calculus of variations, during WWII 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.

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. Most recently he served as the executive director of the American Philosophical Society.

Goldstine 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 Science, the American Academy of Arts and Science, and the American Philosophical Society—for his impact on science and technology.

More information on the fellowship and on other activities at IBM Research can be found at

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