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Jack Schwartz of NYU dies at 79
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Wed, 4 Mar 2009 07:35:47 -0500
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From: Peter Capek <capek () ieee org>
Date: March 4, 2009 7:26:08 AM EST
To: Dave Farber - IP <dave () farber net>
Subject: Jack Schwartz of NYU dies at 79
Jacob T. Schwartz, 79, Restless Scientist, Dies
By JOHN MARKOFF
Published: March 3, 2009
Jacob T. Schwartz, a mathematician and computer scientist who did
seminal research in fields as diverse as molecular biology and
robotics, died Monday at his home in Manhattan. He was 79.
He died in his sleep of liver cancer, his wife, Diana, said. He was
chairman of the computer science department at New York University,
which he founded, from 1964 to 1980.
During a career that also included 42 years as a professor at the
Courant Institute for Mathematical Sciences at the university, Dr.
Schwartz wrote more than a dozen books and more than 100 scientific
papers and research reports. At his death Dr. Schwartz was actively
working on research in both molecular biology and logic.
Throughout his life, Dr. Schwartz, who was known as Jack, moved from
one scientific field to the next. He was not a dilettante, but
mastered each field in turn and then made significant contributions.
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