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Howard S. Cohl

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Howard S. Cohl (b. 1968 in Paterson, New Jersey) is a Mathematician in the Applied and Computational Mathematics Division at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Maryland. He obtained a B.S. in astronomy and astrophysics from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, a M.S. and Ph.D. in physics from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

Cohl has published papers in orthogonal polynomials and special functions, and is particularly interested in fundamental solutions of linear partial differential equations on Riemannian manifolds, associated Legendre functions, generalized and basic hypergeometric functions, eigenfunction expansions of fundamental solutions in separable coordinate systems for linear partial differential equations, orthogonal polynomial generating function and generalized expansions, and q-series. Howard is the project leader for the NIST Digital Repository of Mathematical Formulae seeding and development projects. In this regard, he has been exploring mathematical knowledge management and the digital expression of mostly unambiguous context-free full semantic information for mathematical formulae.