Profile of a Mathematician: John Blatt Parabola 37 2 : John Blatt was born in Vienna in , into an intellectual and musical family characteristic of interwar Jewish Vienna. His father was a well-to-do physician. The family fled the Nazis in and settled in the U.
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Profile of a Mathematician: John Blatt Parabola 37 2 : John Blatt was born in Vienna in , into an intellectual and musical family characteristic of interwar Jewish Vienna.
His father was a well-to-do physician. The family fled the Nazis in and settled in the U. He married a fellow Cornell student, Sylvia. From to Blatt was at the University of Illinois, at the time the University built the Illiac, possibly the most advanced computer in the world at that time. His successful joint work there on the then emerging field of superconductivity is summed up in his Theory of Superconductivity Philip Baxter, the Vice-Chancellor of the comparatively young University of New South Wales, admired aggressive personalities, and recruited Blatt as foundation Professor of Applied Mathematics His research interests moved in a more mathematical direction, and he contributed important papers in optimal control and a range of related areas of applied mathematics, including the nuclear three-body problem, statistical mechanics, and the fitting of smooth curves to data.
With immense energy he built up the staff and research student numbers in applied mathematics at UNSW. His introduction of computing to first year mathematics teaching, based on his clear introductory text, Basic FORTRAN IV Programming also gave the University a lead which was not followed by other Australian universities for some time. In the s Blatt turned to economics.
Blatt hoped to explain this in terms of the commitment of mathematical economists to over-simple models, such as linear regressions. His attempts to predict better with the use of more complex models were not, however, greatly successful.
His book Dynamic Economic Systems summarises his work in this area. A more harmonious side of his personality was evident to those with whom he played chamber music. He was a pianist at almost professional level, with a deep understanding of the music of the classical Viennese period. Blatt retired to Israel with his second wife, Ruth, in , and died in Haifa in He was survived by four children, two of whom became computer scientists.
Theoretical Nuclear Physics
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