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Walter Karplus


karplus.jpgWALTER KARPLUS, Professor
1927-2001


Biography

Dr. Walter J. Karplus had been on the faculty of the School of Engineering and Applied Science of the University of California at Los Angeles for over forty years. He was educated at Cornell University and the University of California. His tenure at UCLA started well before the existence of Computer Science Department. From 1972 until 1979 he was department chair. He was head of the Computer Simulation Laboratory and served for many years as director of the Center for Experimental Computer Science at UCLA. His research dealt with scientific computing and the design and application of hardware and software computer systems for the modeling and simulation of physical and biological systems.

In addition to teaching and academic research, Dr. Karplus had held scientific positions with Hughes Aircraft Company, International Geophysics and Sun Oil. He was a frequent consultant for a host of governmental agencies and industrial organizations and also frequently served as an expert witness in computer-related matters. Among his many awards are a Fulbright Fellowship, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Senior Scientific Award of the Society for Computer Simulation, the Silver Core Award of the International Federation for Information Processing, and an Achievement Award from NASA. Dr. Karplus was elected President of the Society for Computer Simulation and also served as a Director of the American Federation of Information Processing Societies. He was the President of the IEEE Neural Networks Council in 1995 and 1996.

Dr. Karplus is the author or co-author of the following books:

  • Analog Simulation
  • Analog Methods
  • High-Speed Computers
  • Hybrid Computation
  • Digital Computer Treatment of Partial Differential Equations
  • The Heavens are Falling: The Scientific Predictions of Catastrophes in our Time

In addition, he has published over 130 technical papers and has contributed extensively to reference books and handbooks. He holds four patents and is a registered engineer in California.