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Ranjan Roy

Ranjan Roy (b. 1948 in Secunderabad, India, d. 2020) received B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. (1974) degrees in mathematics from the Indian Institute of Technology Kharagpur, Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur, and the State University of New York at Stony Brook, respectively. He was the Ralph C. Huffer Professor of Mathematics and Astronomy at Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin and at the time of his death was the chair of the Mathematics and Computer Science Department.

Roy has published many papers on differential equations, fluid mechanics, special functions, Fuchsian groups, and the history of mathematics. He is coauthor of the well-known book Special Functions (with G. E. Andrews and R. Askey), published by Cambridge University Press in 1999. He also authored another two advanced mathematics books: Sources in the development of mathematics (Roy, 2011), Elliptic and modular functions from Gauss to Dedekind to Hecke (Roy, 2017). He received the MAA Carl B. Allendoerfer Award, the MAA Wisconsin Section teaching award and the MAA Deborah and Franklin Tepper Haimo award for distinguished Mathematics Teaching.

Roy is coauthor of the following DLMF Chapters

Roy served as a Validator for the original release and publication in May 2010 of the NIST Digital Library of Mathematical Functions and the NIST Handbook of Mathematical Functions.