Morris Newman (b. 1924 in Brooklyn, New York, d. 2007) received his early training in mathematics from New York University and Columbia University, obtaining his Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania in 1952. From 1952–1977 he served as a research mathematician at the National Bureau of Standards. He was awarded a U.S. Department of Commerce Gold Medal in 1966 for his work on algorithms for solving integral linear systems exactly by using congruence techniques.
Newman wrote the book Matrix Representations of Groups, published by the National Bureau of Standards in 1968, and the book Integral Matrices, published by Academic Press in 1972, which became a classic. In 1977 Newman became a professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he served until his retirement in 1993. He continued to be technically active until his death in 2007, advising graduate students through early 2005. During his career, Newman also published numerous papers and served as an editor of several journals.
Newman was coauthor of the chapter “Combinatorial Analysis” in the original NBS Handbook of Mathematical Functions. He served as Associate Editor for Combinatorics and Number Theory for the DLMF project.
Newman was a member of the original editorial committee for the DLMF project, in existence from the mid-1990’s to the mid-2010’s. During this time he served as Associate Editor with responsibilities for all aspects of the project. The original committee was reconstituted in 2015; for details see About the Project.