LOS ALAMITOS, Calif., 11 April, 2012 – MATLAB creator Cleve Moler has the distinction of being named the IEEE Computer Society's 2012 Computer Pioneer Award recipient.
Cleve MolerMoler, a co-founder, chairman, and chief mathematician of MathWorks, received the honor "for improving the quality of mathematical software, making it more accessible, and creating MATLAB." MATLAB is a programming environment for algorithm development, data analysis, visualization, and numerical computation. MATLAB allows for faster solutions to technical computing problems than with traditional programming languages, such as C, C++, and Fortran.
Moler is also the recipient of the 2011 Sidney Fernbach Award for fundamental contributions to linear algebra, mathematical software, and enabling tools for computational science.
In his academic career, Moler served as a professor of mathematics and computer science at the University of Michigan, Stanford University, and the University of New Mexico, where he also held the position of chair of the Computer Science department. During his tenure at the University of New Mexico, he developed several packages of mathematical software for computational science and engineering. These packages eventually formed the basis for MATLAB, a high-level technical computing environment.
In 1984, Moler and Jack Little founded MathWorks to commercialize and continue development of MATLAB. Before joining MathWorks full-time in 1989, he spent five years with two computer hardware manufacturers, the Intel Hypercube organization and Ardent Computer. Moler currently serves as chief mathematician at MathWorks.
Moler is the one of the authors of the LINPACK and EISPACK scientific subroutine libraries, as well as author or co-author of five text books on numerical analysis and computational science. He is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and a past president of SIAM, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.
Moler currently works remotely from his home office in Santa Fe, New Mexico, writing books, articles, and MATLAB programs.
The Computer Pioneer was established in 1981 by the Board of Governors of the IEEE Computer Society to recognize and honor the vision of those people whose efforts resulted in the creation and continued vitality of the computer industry. The award is presented to outstanding individuals whose main contribution to the concepts and development of the computer field was made at least 15 years earlier. The recognition is engraved on a bronze medal specially struck for the Society.