
Wolfgang Wasow was a Professor of Mathematics in the Department of
Mathematics. The Wolfgang Wasow Memorial Lecture is an annual lecture made
possible by a generous endowment established by his children after his
death in 1993. Professor Wasow joined the Department in 1957 and was Chair
from 1970 to 1972. He retired as Rudolf E. Langer Professor of Mathematics
in 1980.
Wolfgang's research speciality was asymptotic expansions and their
applications in differential equations. He wrote three, now classic, books
"Finite Difference Methods for Partial Differential Equations" (with G.E.
Forsythe) published in 1960, "Asymptotic expansions for ordinary
differential equations" published in 1965 (revised in 1976), and "Linear
Turning Point Theory" published in 1985. Among his nonmathematical
interests were music, literature, and languages.
