G.W. Stewart

Part of the series Contemporary Mathematicians pp 3-9

Biography of G. W. Stewart

  • Iain S. DuffAffiliated withRutherford Appleton Laboratory, Chilton Didcot Oxfordshire Email author 

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If one is asked to name the most influential people in numerical linear algebra, then Pete (G.W.) Stewart would come very high on the list. Pete has had a major influence on the field and, in several ways, on my own career. It is with great pleasure that I pen these words as a biography and tribute to him. I am grateful to Pete not only for spending the time to discuss his life with me but also for going carefully over a draft and finding many instances where accuracy had been sacrificed for the sake of the narrative. I should, however, stress that any rounding errors that remain are purely my responsibility but hopefully do not now contaminate the result.