Index of Memorial Resolutions and Biographical Sketches
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DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY
WILLIAM FREDERICK SCHELTER
William F. Schelter, professor of mathematics, died on July
30, 2001. He was 54.
Professor Schelter was native to Canada and obtained his Ph.D.
from McGill University in 1972. His training was in computational
algebra and its applications, and he was one of the pioneers
of non-commutative algebraic geometry. He also worked on symbolic
computational systems, compilers, and algorithms.
Dr. Schelter joined the mathematics faculty at The University
of Texas in 1979. His distinguished mathematical career included
visiting and research appointments at the University of Leeds,
England, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the Mathematical
Sciences Research Institute in California.
While at the University, Professor Schelter helped implement
the computer system in the Department of Mathematics. He was
an expert computer programmer who worked hard to implement computing
into the academic world. Additionally, he maintained a variant
of Macsyma, an open source computer algebra system that paved
the road for such widely used programs as Maple and Mathematica.
Professor Schelter was in Russia at the time of his death with
his wife, Olga, whom he had recently married. He is survived by
his son, John Schelter, daughter, Karen Lewis and husband Mike,
and a grandson Joshua Lewis.
Sue Alexander Greninger, Secretary
The General Faculty
Biographical sketch prepared by Jennifer Morgan and posted on the Faculty
Council Web site on August 15, 2005. Additional information can be found
in the Office of the General Faculty, WMB 2.102, F9500.