Burton Wendroff

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Burton Wendroff (born March 10, 1930 in New York City ) is an American mathematician who deals with partial differential equations , numerical analysis and applied mathematics .

Wendroff graduated from New York University with a bachelor's degree in physics and mathematics in 1951 and from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a master's degree in mathematics in 1952. He then went to Los Alamos National Laboratory , where he stayed for the remainder of his career. In 1958 he received his doctorate under Peter Lax at New York University ( Finite Difference Approximations to Solutions of Partial Differential Equations ). From 1966 to 1974 he was a professor at the University of Denver . In addition to his membership in the LANL, he was an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico .

The Lax-Wendroff method for solving hyperbolic partial differential equations using the finite difference method is named after him and Lax. Lax-Wendroff's phrase is named after both of them . He is a fellow of SIAM .

With Tony Warnock he wrote the chess computer program Lachex , which competed at the world championships in computer chess in Cologne in 1986 and Madrid in 1992.


  • Theoretical Numerical Analysis, Academic Press, 1966
  • The Theory and Practice of Computation, Addison-Wesley, 1966
  • with Lax Difference Schemes for Hyperbolic Equations with High Order of Accuracy , Comm. Pure Appl. Math., 17, 1964, 381-398
  • with HB Stewart Two-phase flow: models and methods , J. Comput. Phys. 56, 1984, 363-409
  • Richard Liska Composite Schemes for Conservation Laws . SIAM J. Numer. Anal. (SIAM) 35, 1998, 2250-2271
  • The Riemann problem for materials with nonconvex equations of state I: Isentropic flow , J. Math. Anal. Appl., 38, 1972, 454-466
  • with Blair Swartz Generalized Finite-Difference Schemes , Math. Comput., 23, 1969, 37-49.

Individual evidence

  1. Life data according to American Men and Women of Science , Thomson Gale 2004
  2. ^ Mathematics Genealogy Project
  3. Lax, Wendroff Systems of Conservation Laws , Commun. Pure Appl Math. 13, 1960, 217-237