Richard Allen Askey, Ph.D.

Title: Professor Emeritus
Company: University of Wisconsin-Madison
Location: Madison, Wisconsin, United States

Richard Allen Askey, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in mathematics and higher education.

Interested in mathematics from a formative age, Dr. Askey is a renowned American mathematician whose expertise is within the realm of special functions. The founder of the Askey-Wilson polynomials, also known as q-Wilson polynomials, introduced by him and student James A. Wilson. In 1985, he served the University of Wisconsin-Madison for four decades as an assistant professor, associate professor, full professor, Gábor Szegő professor and John Bascom professor until attaining emeritus status in 2003. A prominent figure in the department of mathematics on campus, he formerly taught at the University of Chicago and Washington University in St. Louis between 1958 and 1963 before becoming employed by the University of Wisconsin.

During his tenure in academia, Dr. Askey authored the 1975 book “Orthogonal Polynomials and Special Functions” and co-authored the 1999 book “Special Functions.” To date, he has penned over 180 publications, many of which have raised his name to prominence in the specialties of special functions and orthogonal polynomials. One such important article on mathematical education is “Good Intentions are not Enough,” which was published in 2001. He has held a Bachelor of Arts from Washington University in St. Louis since 1955, a Master of Arts from Harvard University since 1956, and a Doctor of Philosophy from Princeton University since 1961. He was later presented with an honorary doctorate from SASTRA University in India in 2012. From 1969 to 1970, he served as a Guggenheim Fellow, during which he spent time at the Mathematisch Centrum in Amsterdam. Later on in his career, he gave an invited lecture at the International Congress of Mathematicians in Warszawa.

In light of his professional accomplishments, Dr. Askey was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences, the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics and the American Mathematical Society. He was also the recipient of the Edyth May Sliffe Award from the Mathematical Association of America and has been featured in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, Who’s Who in the Midwest and Who’s Who in the World.

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