Bonita Saunders Honored by National Association of Mathematicians
January 2001
Bonita V. Saunders, of ITL's Mathematical and Computational Sciences
Division, presented the 2001 Claytor Lecture on January 13, 2001.
The National Association of Mathematicians (NAM) inaugurated the
Claytor Lecture in 1980 in honor of W. W. Schieffelin Claytor, the
third African American to earn a Ph.D.in Mathematics, and the
first to publish mathematics outside of his thesis. Saunders is the
twentieth mathematician to be selected as Claytor lecturer.
Previous honorees include Fern Hunt, also of ITL, David H. Blackwell,
the first African American elected to the National Academy of
Sciences, and J. Ernest Wilkins, who at 19 became the youngest
African American to receive a doctorate in the mathematical
sciences.
Saunders' lecture, entitled, "Numerical Grid Generation and 3D
Visualization of Special Functions" was delivered at a special
session of the Joint Mathematics Meetings which were held in New
Orleans on January 1013, 2001. This yearly joint conference is
sponsored by the American Mathematical Society, the Mathematical
Association of America, the Association for Women in Mathematics, and
NAM. Founded in 1969, NAM is a nonprofit professional organization
whose mission is "to promote excellence in the mathematical sciences
and promote the mathematical development of underrepresented American
minorities."
