Frank W. J. Olver

Frank William John Olver (December 15, 1924 – April 23, 2013) was an emeritus professor of mathematics at the Institute for Physical Science and Technology and Department of Mathematics at the University of Maryland who worked on asymptotic analysis, special functions, and numerical analysis. He was the editor in chief of the NIST Digital Library of Mathematical Functions.

Frank William John Olver
Frank W. J. Olver, 2001
Born(1924-12-15)December 15, 1924
DiedApril 23, 2013(2013-04-23) (aged 88)
Alma materUniversity of London
Known foreditor in chief of the NIST Digital Library of Mathematical Functions
AwardsGold Medal of the US Department of Commerce
Scientific career
InstitutionsUniversity of Maryland, National Institute of Standards and Technology


1969• Silver Medal of the US Department of Commerce.

1974• A Fellow of the U.K. Institute of Mathematics and its Applications

1996• A Foreign Member of the Royal Society of Sciences, Uppsala, Sweden

2011• Gold Medal of the US Department of Commerce.

Visiting Fellow, or Professor, at the University of Lancaster, U.K., Imperial College, London University, U.K., Cambridge University, U.K., the Royal Irish Academy, and the Australian National University


  • Olver, Frank W. J. (1997) [1974], Asymptotics and special functions, AKP Classics, Wellesley, MA: A K Peters Ltd., ISBN 978-1-56881-069-0, MR 1429619
  • Olver, Frank W. J. (2000), Selected papers of F. W. J. Olver. Part I, II, World Scientific Series in 20th Century Mathematics, 7, River Edge, NJ: World Scientific Publishing Co. Inc., ISBN 978-981-02-4106-3, MR 1759688
  • Olver, Frank W. J.; Lozier, Daniel W.; Boisvert, Ronald F.; et al., eds. (2010), NIST Handbook of Mathematical Functions, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 978-0-521-19225-5, MR 2723248, archived from the original on 2013-07-03

See also


    • Wong, R. K., ed. (1990), Asymptotic and computational analysis. Proceedings of the International Symposium held in honor of Frank W. J. Olver's 65th birthday, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Lecture Notes in Pure and Applied Mathematics, 124, New York: Marcel Dekker Inc., ISBN 978-0-8247-8347-1, MR 1052426
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