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Cleve Moler: Mathematical Software Pioneer and Creator of Matlab
January-March 2008 (vol. 30 no. 1)
pp. 87-91
Thomas Haigh, University of Wisconsin
A prominent figure in the numerical analysis community in his early academic career, Cleve Moler gradually shifted his research efforts to mathematical software, specifically to the development of Matlab, an educational software package. Matlab has evolved to become a commercial success in scientific and engineering applications. Moler—now Mathworks' chief scientist and chairman—is still involved in software development and applied computing research and education.

1. C. Moler oral history interview by T. Haigh, 8-9 Mar. 2004, Santa Barbara, Calif., Soc. for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, Philadelphia, 2004; available from http://history.siam.org/oralhistoriesmoler.htm , p. 4. Throughout this biography, details not otherwise attributed are taken from this source.
2. "Ibid., p. 9."
3. G.E. Forsythe and C.B. Moler, Computer Solution of Linear Algebraic Systems, Prentice Hall, 1967.
4. C.B. Moler, "Finite Difference Methods for the Eigenvalues of Laplace's Operator," doctoral dissertation, Dept. Mathematics, Stanford Univ. 1965.
5. C. Moler, L. Fox, and P. Henrici, "Approximations and Bounds for Eigenvalues of Elliptic Operators," SIAM J. Numerical Analysis, vol. 4, 1967, pp. 89-102.
6. J.M. Boyle et al., "NATS: A Collaborative Effort to Certify and Disseminate Mathematical Software," Proc. ACM Ann. Conf., vol. 2, 1972, pp. 630-635, C.B. Moler and J.J. Dongarra, "EISPACK—A Package for Solving Matrix Eigenvalue Problems," Sources and Development of Mathematical Software, W.R. Cowell, ed., Prentice Hall, 1984, pp. 68-87.
7. J.H. Wilkinson, The Algebraic Eigenvalue Problem, Clarendon Press, 1965, J.H. Wilkinson and C. Reinsch, Handbook for Automatic Computation, Vol. 2: Linear Algebra, Springer-Verlag, 1971.
8. B.T. Smith et al., Matrix Eigensystem Routines—EISPACK User's Guide, Springer-Verlag, 1974.
9. C.B. Moler and G.W. Stewart, "An Algorithm for Generalized Matrix Eigenvalue Problems," SIAM J. Numerical Analysis, vol. 10, no. 2, 1973, pp. 241-256.
10. J.J. Dongarra et al., LINPACK Users' Guide, SIAM Publications, 1979.
11. G.E. Forsythe, M.A. Malcolm, and C.B. Moler, Computer Methods for Mathematical Computations, Prentice Hall, 1977.
12. C.B. Moler, "Design of an Interactive Matrix Calculator," Proc. 1980 Nat'l Computer Conf., AFIPS Press, 1980, and C.B. Moler, "Demonstration of a Matrix Laboratory," Proc. Cocoyoc Conf. Numerical Analysis, LNM 909, J.-P. Hennart, ed., Springer-Verlag, 1983, pp. 84-89.
13. C. Moler oral history interview, p. 79.
14. See http://www.mathworks.com/company/aboutus/ foundersclevemoler.html.
15. C. Moler oral history interview, p. 84.
16. C.B. Moler personal communication to author, 8 Mar. 2006.
17. C. Moler oral history interview, p. 64.
18. See http://www.mathworks.commoler.
19. C. Moler oral history interview, p. 62.

Index Terms:
Cleve Moler; Matlab; L-shaped membrane
Citation:
Thomas Haigh, "Cleve Moler: Mathematical Software Pioneer and Creator of Matlab," IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, vol. 30, no. 1, pp. 87-91, Jan.-March 2008, doi:10.1109/MAHC.2008.2
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