Cleve Moler

Cleve Barry Moler
Born (1939-08-17) August 17, 1939
Fields Mathematics, Computer science
Institutions University of Michigan
Stanford University
University of Waterloo
University of New Mexico
Alma mater California Institute of Technology
Stanford University
Doctoral advisor George Forsythe
Doctoral students Jack Dongarra
Stanley Eisenstat
Charles F. Van Loan
Known for MATLAB
Notable awards Computer Pioneer Award (2012)

Cleve Barry Moler is an American mathematician and computer programmer specializing in numerical analysis. In the mid to late 1970s, he was one of the authors of LINPACK and EISPACK, Fortran libraries for numerical computing. He invented MATLAB, a numerical computing package, to give his students at the University of New Mexico easy access to these libraries without writing Fortran. In 1984, he co-founded MathWorks with Jack Little to commercialize this program.

He received his bachelor's degree from California Institute of Technology in 1961, and a Ph.D. from Stanford University, all in mathematics.[1]

He was a professor of mathematics and computer science for almost 20 years at the University of Michigan, Stanford University, and the University of New Mexico.[2] Before joining MathWorks full-time in 1989, he also worked for Intel Hypercube, where he coined the term "embarrassingly parallel", and Ardent Computer Corporation. He is also co-author of four textbooks on numerical methods and is a member of the Association for Computing Machinery. He was president of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics 2007-2008.[3]

He was elected to the National Academy of Engineering on February 14, 1997. He received an honorary degree from Linköping University, Sweden. He received an honorary degree of Doctor of Mathematics from the University of Waterloo on June 16, 2001. On April 30, 2004, he was appointed Honorary Doctor (doctor technices, honoris causa) at the Technical University of Denmark. In April 2012, the IEEE Computer Society named Cleve the recipient of the 2012 Computer Pioneer Award.[4] In February 2014, IEEE named Cleve the recipient of the 2014 IEEE John von Neumann Medal.[5]



  1. Cleve Moler Elected Next SIAM President, News of SIAM, December 16, 2005
  2. Math whiz stamps profound imprint on computing world, New Mexico Business Weekly, January 30, 2009
  3. SIAM Presidents
  4. MATLAB Creator Cleve Moler Wins Computer Pioneer Award, IEEE Computer Press Release, April 11, 2012
  5. Recipients of the 2014 Medals and Awards, IEEE Computer Press Release, February 14, 2014

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