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Dr. Richard Askey

Dr. Askey is an emeritus professor at the University of Wisconsin, where he has taught since 1963. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and an Honorary Fellow of the Indiana Academy of Sciences. He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1999.

Professor Askey's research has primarily been in special functions, which are extensions of the functions studied in high school. In addition to many research papers, he coauthored what is now one of the standard books on special functions. More recently he has become involved in issues regarding mathematics education and was on a plenary panel at the 10th International Congress on Mathematics Education. He has reviewed many mathematics education reports both nationally and for various states. He was an Edyth May Sliffe Award winner for his work with high school students.

Dr. Askey received his undergraduate degree from Washington University, his master's degree from Harvard University, and his PhD from Princeton University.


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