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John Rice, Ph.D.

John Rice, Ph.D.

2017 Distinguished Alumni

B.S. Math '54

Dr. John Rice obtained his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Mathematics from Oklahoma State University. He received a PH.D. in Mathematics from Cal Tech and was a professor of Mathematics and Computer Sciences at Purdue University for 50 years.


Dr. Rice is founder of the ACM Transactions on Mathematical Software and is on several other editorial boards. He is the past chair of the Computing Research Association, a fellow of the AAAS and the ACM and he is a member of the National Academy of Engineering.


Dr. Rice has published 30 books including Solving Elliptic Problems with ELLPACK (1985), Mathematical Aspects of Scientific Software (1988), Expert Systems for Scientific Computing (North Holland, 1992) and Enabling Technologies for Computational Science (Kluwer, 2000). He has published over 300 journal articles and has 6 patents in computer security. Dr. Rice was honored as the Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1974 and the W. Brooks Fortune Distinguished Professor from 1989-2004.

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