Biographie de Anthony Ralston
Anthony Ralston is Professor Emeritus of Computer Science and Mathematics at the State University of New York at Buffalo where he was from 1965 to 1995 and where he was the founding-chair of the Department of Computer Science. He is the author or editor of 16 books including a well-known early textbook on Numerical Analysis. He has been the editor or coeditor of all four editions of the Encyclopedia of Computer Science, the most recent of which was published in 2000.
Professor Ralston's S.B. and Ph.D. are both from M.I.T. in Mathematics. He began his academic career as a numerical analyst but, owing to a short attention span, at one time or another his main interest has been computer science, discrete mathematics, or mathematics education. He was President of the Association for Computing Machinery and the American Federation of Information Processing Societies. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Royal Society of Arts.
Ralston has lived in London since 1995. Like Maurer he is a quondam, but not good squash player. Nowadays he confines himself to tennis at which he is also riot good except perhaps on an age-related basis. He sits on the board of directors of the large apartment block in which he lives, thereby protecting his investment, and sits on various other committees. He keeps in touch with children and grandchildren by making regular trips back to the US despite the worsening ravages of jet lag.