Donald J Newman Born July 27, 1930 Brooklyn, New York Died March 28, 2007 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Devoted and beloved husband, father, son, brother, grandfather and friend. Survived by his wife, Herta, sons David and Daniel, sisters Gilda and Ava, and grandchildren Rebecca, Max and Emily.
A celebrated, world-class mathematician who received his Ph D in 1953 at Harvard, having won the exalted Putnam Mathematics prize an unprecedented four times in a row while an undergraduate at City College of New York and New York University. His mathematical specialties included Complex Analysis, Approximation Theory and Number Theory. Among the numerous challenging problems he solved was the famous Corona problem. He was a close friend and associate of John Nash, and was featured in the book A Beautiful Mind. His career included posts as a Professor of Mathematics at MIT, Brown University, Yeshiva University, Temple University and a distinguished chair at Bar- Y-Lon University in Israel, as well as positions in government and industry at Avco, Republic Aviation, Bell Laboratories, IBM and the NSA. His prodigious published output as a mathematician included over 150 papers and five books.