I just learned that a professor of mine from Reed, Richard Crandall, passed away today. I didn’t know Professor Crandall well, but his course on scientific computation was formative for me. Like Crandall’s own research, the course material was wide-ranging, covering such topics as approximation of mathematical constants, computational number theory, disease models, and computer graphics. The course was at once inspiring and empowering. Crandall made it clear that interesting problems can be solved by anyone with determination and a modest amount of technical knowhow. With Professor Crandall’s passing, a piece of Olde Reed died today. He will be sorely missed! You can read a bit more about Richard Crandall here (photo taken from Reed magazine).