Richard Duffin

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Richard James Duffin (born October 13, 1909 in Chicago , † October 29, 1996 in Pittsburgh ) was an American physicist and applied mathematician.

Duffin studied physics and electrical engineering (bachelor's degree) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign , where he received his doctorate in physics on thermomagnetic and galvanomagnetic effects under Harold Mott-Smith and David Bourgin in 1935 . He was then a lecturer at Purdue University and the University of Illinois . During the Second World War he was at the Carnegie Institution in Washington, DC , where he did research for the US Navy, among other things, on mine clearance. From 1946 to 1988 he was Professor of Mathematics at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He also worked as a consultant for the electronics company Westinghouse .

Duffin dealt, among other things, with the theory of electrical networks and operations research . Raoul Bott is one of his students , with whom he worked on the analysis of electrical networks (Duffin-Bott synthesis, Duffin-Bott inverse). In 1949 he refuted Hadamard and Boggio's assumption .

In 1972 he was elected to the National Academy of Sciences , 1974 to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences . In 1982 he received the John von Neumann Theory Prize .


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  1. ^ Richard Duffin , US Social Security Death Directory (SSDI), accessed October 19, 2018