# Peter Henrici (mathematician) | Wikipedia audio article

Peter Karl Henrici (13 September 1923 – 13

March 1987) was a Swiss mathematician best known for his contributions to the field of

numerical analysis.==Life==

Henrici was born in Basel and studied law for two years at University of Basel. After World War II he transferred to ETH Zürich

where he received a diploma in electrical engineering (1948) and a doctorate in mathematics

with Eduard Stiefel as his advisor (1952).===Moving to the USA===

In 1951 he moved to the United States and worked on a joint contract with American University

and the National Bureau of Standards. Then, from 1956 to 1962, he taught at University

of California, Los Angeles where he became a professor. In 1962 he returned to ETH Zürich as a professor,

a position he kept for the rest of his life, though he also held a part-time appointment

as William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Mathematics at the University of North

Carolina at Chapel Hill from 1985.===Numerical Analyst===

An internationally recognized numerical analyst, who published 11 books and more than 80 research

papers, Henrici was also a gifted pianist and a highly regarded teacher. He was an editor of a number of scientific

journals, including Numerische Mathematik and Zeitschrift für Angewandte Mathematik

und Physik. In 1962, he was a speaker at the International

Congress of Mathematicians, and in 1978 he gave the SIAM John von Neumann Lecture.==Peter Henrici Prize==

Every four years since 1999, the Peter Henrici Prize is awarded by ETH Zürich and SIAM for

“original contributions to applied analysis and numerical analysis and/or for exposition

appropriate for applied mathematics and scientific computing”.==Publications==

Henrici, Peter (1962). Discrete variable methods in ordinary differential

equations. Wiley.Henrici, Peter (1963). Error propagation for difference methods. SIAM series in applied mathematics. Wiley.Henrici, Peter (1964). Elements of numerical analysis. Wiley.Henrici, Peter (1974). Applied and computational complex analysis,

Volume 1: Power series—integration—conformal mapping—location of zeros. Wiley. ISBN 0-471-37244-7.Henrici, Peter (1977). Applied and computational complex analysis,

Volume 2: Special functions—integral transforms—asymptotics—continued fractions. Wiley. ISBN 0-471-01525-3. Henrici, Peter (1977). Computational Analysis with the HP-25 Pocket

Calculator. Wiley. ISBN 0-471-02938-6. Henrici, Peter (1986). Applied and computational complex analysis,

Volume 3: Discrete Fourier analysis—Cauchy integrals—construction of conformal maps—univalent

functions. Wiley. ISBN 0-471-08703-3