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Professor Emeritus Clifford Speer GARDNER

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Clifford Speer

Professor Emeritus Clifford Speer Gardner passed away 9/25/2013 in Austin Texas. Dr. Gardner was born in Fort Smith Arkansas in 1924. Dr. Gardner studied at Phillips Andover Academy and Harvard, where he earned his baccalaureate Physics in 1944. In 1953 he earned a PhD from New York University. He worked at NASA in Langley Field, the Courant Institute of Mathematical Sciences of NYU, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. He was a mathematics professor at the University of Texas at Austin from 1967 to 1990, when he retired as professor emeritus. In 1985 he won the Norbert Wiener Prize for his contributions to supersonic aerodynamics and plasma physics. In 2006 he received the Leroy P. Steele Prize for his work on the inverse scattering transformation method for the solution of nonlinear differential equations. Dr. Gardner served in the United States Army Reserve from 1944-1946. Dr Gardner is predeceased by his wife Marilyn Rose Gardner, his parents John and Caroline Gardner; siblings John Gardner, Lucille Wolff, and Jane Gardner. Surviving him are his nieces Sara Jones of CA , Virginia Wolff of NY and Caroline Wolff of Great Britain. His strength of will and sense of humor will long be appreciated by those who had the honor to know him. Viewing to be held at Austin Peel and Son Friday 5 to 7 October 4th, with a graveside service 1pm Saturday October 5th at Austin Memorial Gardens


Published in Austin American-Statesman from Oct. 3 to Oct. 4, 2013
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