Remembering Allen Taflove

Electrical engineering pioneer

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Allen Taflove, PhD, was a professor of electrical and computer engineering at Northwestern University who conducted pioneering work in the finite-difference time-domain (FDTD) method; he died on April 25 at age 71. 

Taflove's book,  Computational Electrodynamics: The Finite-Difference Time-Domain Method , ranks as the seventh most-cited book in the field of physics, with close to 21,000 citations.  

He was one of the only faculty to win the Northwestern University McCormick School of Engineering's advising award twice-and in 2006, he won both the teaching and advising awards.  

Known as a consummate mentor, Taflove served as adviser or co-adviser of 24 PhD recipients and five postdoctoral fellows, along with a host of undergraduate students. 

"Allen's pioneering contributions to time-domain computational electromagnetics were revolutionary. He was a true giant in the field," said Susan Hagness, PhD, Philip D. Reed Professor and chair of the electrical and computer engineering department at University of Wisconsin-Madison; Taflove was her undergraduate research adviser and PhD adviser. "But even more profound is the educational impact he had on countless students over his 37-year career as a professor. He was always there for his students, exuding boundless enthusiasm and support of their learning." 

The beloved husband of Sylvia (nee Friedman), he was the loving father of Michael and Nathan (Alisha) and the grandfather of Aden. He was the dear brother of the late Doris Perlman and Belle Smith, and a loving uncle of many. Allen and Sylvia Taflove were members of JUF's Silver Circle. Memorials may be made to Fight Lynch. Arrangements were made by Shalom Memorial Funeral Home. 

 

 

 

 



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