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William Aaron Beyer passed away in Los Alamos, NM, on August 16, 2008, with his wife of nearly 53 years and son by his side. He was born in Altoona, PA, on November 9, 1924, the son of Francis David Beyer and Frances Murdock Beyer. Bill grew up in Tyrone, PA, and entered the Army Air Corp. during WWII and subsequently graduated from OCS at Fort Benning, GA as a 2nd Lieutenant.
He received a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in physics from Pennsylvania State College and University of Illinois respectively, and a Ph.D. in mathematics from the Pennsylvania State University. Before coming to Los Alamos, he worked for General Electric Jet Engine Division in Cincinnati, OH. He was in the Theoretical Division of the Los Alamos National Laboratory from 1959 until 1990. Bill continued to work for the Laboratory after his retirement for many more years.
The Rover Project, Mathematical Biology (evolution, population dynamics), Strategic Defense Initiative (discrimination), mathematical support for a nuclear weapons test, scientific intelligence support, UNM graduate class instruction, non-Euclidean geometry, random number generators, complexity, early fractal mathematics, and energy economics were just some of the wide ranging fields in which Bill made contributions.
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