Murray R. Spiegel

Murray Ralph Spiegel was an author of technical books on applied mathematics, including a popular collection of Schaum's Outlines.[1]

Murray R. Spiegel
Murray Ralph Spiegel

October 20, 1923
DiedApril 28, 1991(1991-04-28) (aged 67)
Alma materCornell University
OccupationAuthor, mathematician

Spiegel was a native of Brooklyn and a graduate of New Utrecht High School. He received his bachelor's degree in mathematics and physics from Brooklyn College in 1943. He earned a master's degree in 1947 and doctorate in 1949, both in mathematics and both at Cornell University. He was a teaching fellow at Harvard University in 1943-1945, a consultant with Monsanto Chemical Company in the summer of 1946, and a teaching fellow at Cornell University from 1946 to 1949. He was a consultant in geophysics for Beers & Heroy in 1950, and a consultant in aerodynamics for Wright Air Development Center from 1950 to 1954. Spiegel joined the faculty of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1949 as an assistant professor. He became an associate professor in 1954 and a full professor in 1957. He was assigned to the faculty Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute of Hartford, CT, when that branch was organized in 1955, where he served as chair of the mathematics department. [2] His PhD dissertation, supervised by Marc Kac,[3] was titled On the Random Vibrations of Harmonically Bound Particles in a Viscous Medium. [4]


  • Schaum's Outline of College Algebra (First Edition: 1956) [Most Recent Edition: 2009]
  • Schaum's Outline of College Physics
  • Schaum's Outline of Statistics (FE: 1961) [MRE: 2011]
  • Schaum's Outline of Advanced Calculus (1963) [2010]
  • Schaum's Outline of Complex Variables (1964) [2009]
  • Schaum's Outline of Laplace Transforms (1965)
  • Schaum's Mathematical Handbook of Formulas and Tables (1968) [2008]
  • Schaum's Outline of Vector Analysis [And An Introduction to Tensor Analysis] (1968) [2009]
  • Schaum's Outline of Real Variables (1969)
  • Schaum's Outline of Advanced Mathematics for Engineers and Scientists (1971) [2009]
  • Schaum's Outline of Finite Differences and Difference Equations (1971)
  • Schaum's Outline of Fourier Analysis with Applications to Boundary-Value Problems (1974)
  • Schaum's Outline of Probability and Statistics (1975) [2008]
  • Schaum's Outline of Theoretical Mechanics (1980)
  • Applied Differential Equations (1963) [1980]


  1. Library of Congress name authority file
  2. Archives of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, John Dojka Institute Archivist/Head, Special Collections Folsom Library Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute 110 8th St., Troy, NY 12180 518-276-8341, Fax 518-276-2044
  3. Cornell University Doctorates 1940-1959
  4. Murray R. Spiegel at the Mathematics Genealogy Project
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