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Richard A. Askey

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Richard A. Askey (b. 1933 in St. Louis, Missouri) is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Mathematics of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is also one of the Associate Editors for Special Functions in the DLMF project.

Askey has published numerous papers on special functions and related topics. His well-known book Special Functions (with G. E. Andrews and R. Roy) was published by Cambridge University Press in 1999. Books for which he has served as editor or coeditor include Orthogonal Polynomials and Special Functions, published by SIAM in 1975, Theory and Application of Special Functions, published by Academic Press in 1975, Special Functions: Group Theoretical Aspects and Applications (with T. H. Koornwinder and W. Schempp), published by Reidel Publishing Company in 1984, Ramanujan Revisited (with G. E. Andrews, B. C. Berndt, and R. A. Rankin), published by Academic Press in 1988.

Askey was elected Honorary Fellow of the Indian Academy of Sciences in 1988, Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1993, and Member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in 1999.

Askey 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.