Gertrude Blanch

Gertrude Blanch née Gittel Kaimowitz (1897? - 1996) Polish-born American mathematician and educator, considered one of the pioneers of numerical analysis and computation.

When she was barely 10-years-old, her family moved to the United States. She attended a high school in New York and worked full-time in order to afford to go to college. In the 1930s she earned degrees from New York University and Cornell University in mathematics and phsyics. In 1938 she was director of the Mathematical Tables Project which computed ballistics for the Army and the Navy. The FBI, however, questioned her patriotism and fingered her as a communist. A hearing cleared her name.

After retirement in 1967, Blanch devoted the rest of her life to studying the Matthieu functionsMathworldPlanetmath by means of continued fractionsDlmfMathworldPlanetmath.

Title Gertrude Blanch
Canonical name GertrudeBlanch
Date of creation 2013-03-22 16:41:50
Last modified on 2013-03-22 16:41:50
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Synonym Gittel Kaimowitz